Since his initial appointment as Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton in 1997 Marc Jacobs has always provided the fantasy of what a catwalk show should be. Whether we’re talking about runway theatrics and extraordinary set design, the many famous models and occasional celebrities who have made their debuts or most talked-about moments during an LV show, or quite simply, the marvellous, dreamy, and always trend-sparking clothing and accessories, Mr Jacobs introduced more than just stonking ready-to-wear and ‘it’ bags to the French luxury label.
Marc Jacobs takes his bow on the Spring/Summer 2014 Louis Vuitton runway [Rex]
In more recent years, as many runways have morphed into a homogenous landscape of white backdrops, same-same music and matching models, LV’s shows have become increasingly grand. From pastel-coloured frothy carousels complete with a guipure-lace and feather-clad Kate Moss through to a giant replica steam train, flourished with porters and inspired by Downtown Abbey, Marc vibrant visions always come to life with the kind of aplomb that drops jaws across front-rows and keeps fashion chatter a-happening for months later.
Louis Vuitton's dramatic Spring/Summer 2014 set [Rex]
This morning’s show – which was confirmed as his last for the heritage brand – was no exception. In fact, the moody all-black set was a melange of his greatest hits from the past few seasons: escalators (S/S’13), a carousel (S/S’12) and hotel room doors (A/W’13) were offset with a giant train station-worthy clock (a nod to Jacobs’ famously prompt starting times?) and made even more romantic by a fully functioning water fountain. Dedicated to the ‘showgirl’ in each and every one of the women who inspire him – including Coco Chanel and long time collaborator Katie Grand – it was not only show-stopping, but touching, too. We look back through some of the most significant runway moments of his inimitable 16-year tenure…