My first show in Paris was Marc Jacobs’ last for Louis Vuitton. A fairly historic moment, actually. The whole crowd knew what was up when the lights went up—a carousel, a fountain, a pair of elevators, escalators, hotel doors and everything else were an ode to his previous work and shows for Vuitton. Great way to go out, with a few signature Marc Jacobs touches.
I’ve given you guys a few teasers of this video, but this is the final thing. I picked 12 collections from Spring 2013 and set them to Tchaikovsky’s “Apotheosis” from Sleeping Beauty. It’s essentially the finale of the performance when all the conflict has ended. When something undergoes an apotheosis, it means it’s elevated to divine or heroic levels. Sweet word. I believe there is also a cancer treatment that goes by the same name, but I’m a little hazy on that end of it. Watch it in full screen, watch in HD.
The collections included are:
DRIES VAN NOTEN
3.1 PHILLIP LIM
Join me in a bit of delayed patriotism will you? Nathan Hale is probably in my top 10 American history figures of all time, and I imagine many others share that adoration. His exact appearance is still a mystery, there were no portraits or likenesses of him created during his life. Although he met his end as a spy captured by the British during the revolution, he was not always able to participate in the effort. Due to his studies at Yale and other commitments, he was kept from joining the Militia. It was when the army needed somebody to go behind enemy lines that he volunteered, ultimately leading to his untimely demise. History has gilded his end, as it tends to do, with the famous quote, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” Good man.
Coat by Louis Vuitton, suit by Michael Bastian, shoes by Billy Reid
2. Yale Educated
Coat by Billy Reid, pants by Louis Vuitton, shirt, tie and scarf by Michael Bastian, shoes by Gucci
3. American Made
Coat by Andrea Pompilio, suit by Billy Reid, shoes by Louis Vuitton
Do you know before I became the world’s leading rhythmic gymnast, I really wanted to be an architect? The design of buildings always held an interest for me, from historical architecture, to Bauhaus, to post-modern crap. Howard Roark, the protagonist of The Fountainhead and I share this love. Like many people, he suffers for his work. Howard finds it difficult to work after he graduates. He could find easy success at the sacrifice of his own creativity. He knows how good of an architect he is and he spends his early career bouncing around, waiting for somebody to recognize his talent. His work life is plagued by negative press and a relationship with Dominique Francon. Eventually, Roark finds somebody to appreciate his work, but not without exploding some things. Hooray for explosions.
1. Are you kidding? I’m the most bomb-ass architect in town
Coat by E. Tautz, shirt and sweater by Michael Bastian, pants and shoes by Louis Vuitton
2. You people at The Banner are a bunch of muckraking bastards!
Coat by Michael Bastian, suit and shoes by Canali, shirt and tie by Corenliani
3. You disobeyed me, so I’m going to explode this ugly building. Explosions!
Coat by Simon Spurr, pants and shoes by Dolce & Gabbana
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