Next week sees the launch of Louis Vuitton's latest limited edition collaboration - a reminiscent collection celebrating the work of the late artist and designer Stephen Sprouse - further to the original collaboration in 2001.
After creative chief Marc Jacobs worked with Sprouse earlier this decade the re-juiced collection is described as "a realisation of ideas they perceived when they worked together in 2001," or more specifically it's re-run made modern again for today's global youth tribes with dayglo graffiti and rose prints. Here's a selection of pieces I found in the press showroom - in stores January 15.
These "legacy" motifs are re-interpreted in fluro pink, green, orange and yellow - across shoes, sneakers, t-shirts and leather goods such as the iconic "Speedy" carry all - and have a distinctly clubber-friendly appeal for the affluent customers Louis Vuitton counts from China to Russia to India and Tokyo, not to mention New York where they will surely be a nocternal hit. Especially these shoes - spring 09 will be the season of the Sprouse shoe for Louis Vuitton!
"I tried to use the things in Stephen's vocabulary, and give the collection the shape, silhouette and styling that Stephen would have done when he was at the top of his game. It really is a complete homage, and a complete combination of what is Louis Vuitton, and what is this legendary icon, and then what are the icons and the lasting aesthetics that Stephen left in the fashion world," said Marc Jacobs.
The collection is timed to coincide with the opening of a Sprouse retrospective called Rock on Mars at Deitch Projects' 18 Wooster Street Gallery in New York and the release of The Stephen Sprouse Book by Roger and Mauricio Padilha, which is published by Rizzoli. A limited-edition series of books featuring a special Louis Vuitton cover will also be available in Louis Vuitton stores worldwide.