Olympic swimmer/world record breaker/real life superhero Michael Phelps now has another title to add to his impressive resume: Louis Vuitton model. The legendary athlete and alleged retiree is starring in the latest round of Louis Vuitton “Core Values” ad campaigns, shot by Annie Leibovitz. One of the photos shows Phelps reclining in a bathtub, wearing goggles and a Speedo, showing off his amazing body and—wait, is that a fart bubble between his legs? OK, OK, so it’s probably just a weird shadow or the outline of a drain or something, but I kind of wish it was a fart, if only because, as my boyfriend put it, “That would make his facial expression so much funnier.” [Fashionista]
Because, hello! You need a waffle that effectively conveys your class status. Made by LA-based artist Andrew Lewicki, this LV-waffle maker is totally unlicensed and likely to garner Lewicki a lawsuit any second now. Until then, pass the syzzzzzurp! [Incredible Things]
We’ve long been obsessed with the life and art of Yayoi Kusama, the Japanese artist who has obsessively made polka dot art for the last forty years. It seems Louis Vuitton shares our interest — and has released images of its collection inspired by Kusama.
Sadly, the collection is only available in a few choice spots — it pops up in Louis Vuitton’s NYC store starting tomorrow, and can also be found at Printemps flagship in Paris and Selfridges in London.
A second collection of Kusama-inspired pieces, based on her “nerves” work, will be out this fall.
Our favorite look might be the clear polka-dotted raincoats. What about you? [Fashion Indie]
Expect to see spots aplenty in the very near future — Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will be the subject of several pop-up shops around the globe this summer, but the avant-garde visionary won’t just be selling prints. Kusama has teamed up with none other than Louis Vuitton to create a capsule collection of clothing and accessories that are sure to captivate the fashion flock… if they haven’t already, that is.
Gisele Bundchen may have been the first to wear it on the cover of this month’s Vogue Brazil, but it was Kirsten Dunst who debuted a dress from the line last night at the opening of the new Vuitton boutique in Paris. I like the silhouette of the maxi, and the polka dots, but the overall effect is a little more hoedown-ready than anticipated. Then again, I wasn’t exactly a fan of Gisele’s look either, so perhaps this speckled collection just isn’t for me. Do you love Kirsten’s quirky gown, or do you think it’s best left to those also wearing cowboy boots?
Marc Jacobs attended the Louis Vuitton exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris last week wearing this semi-sheer knee-length pink polo dress. When I was 12, I had my own knee-length pink polo dress from Lands’ End (which was also semi-sheer, although it took me a year to realize it), and I can confidently say that Marc looks way better in his.
Louis Vuitton is basically synonymous with luxury, so it’s no surprise that the brand goes all-out for its shows … especially with one Marc Jacobs at the helm. If you thought last season’s stunning life-size carousel was unbeatable, well, think again. As is fitting for a collection heavily influenced by “the golden age of rail travel,” Jacobs and team Vuitton truly outdid themselves with a custom-painted, LV-branded steam locomotive that transported the models out onto the runway. I can only daydream about the kinds of shows Marc would produce should he be tapped for la Maison Dior … [Fashionista]
I’m not trying to be a jerk, but there’s something kind of inappropriate about seeing Sarah Jessica Parker’s bra at this point, don’t you think? It’s like, geez, just put it away already, okay? That said, you know I love a sheer lace thing.
Designer collection videos keep getting more and more elaborate (see this Proenza Schouler video for proof). This new campaign film for Louis Vuitton, made under the creative direction of Katie Grand, plays on the showgirl films of yore and features models doing synchronized fan dances. It’s a gorgeous video, but one note: it’s striking how much skinnier these models seem than the original fan girls. Where are their boobs and butts? [YouTube]