Marc Jacobs’s Fall/Winter 2006 collection for Louis Vuitton combines all the influences of the past with ideas of the future, giving us effortless luxury, conspicuous consumption and high-fashion grunge. The aura of the collection represents a duality: on one hand, we see walk of shame but make it luxe, while on the other we see ski resort, jet setter chic.
The neutral colors – ecru, dove, charcoal and chocolate –are offset by pops of fuchsia and red leopard print. The recurring oversized hats point to a desire to conceal the visage, allowing for the clothes and accessories to speak for themselves. The clothes do in fact speak, as they brag about their equalized regality and functionality. There are notes of silk, Dior-esque peplums and several utilitarian pockets. References to the chic traveler include carry-on bags, snow boots and beanie-scarf contraptions, while we also see heavy menas of layering: a tights-skirt-top-jacket and scarf mélange that incorporates texture and shape into the overall look. There were wool and mesh pairings, along with a striking turtleneck and strapless dress combination, while waffle knit sweater dresses over trousers also recall ski resort fashion.
Fur was paramount, shapeshifting from hand held luggage and headpieces to knee-length coats, but what guided the clothing in the collection were the bags each look was paired with. The infamous Takashi Murakami re-worked monogram was realized in fur, both as a belt bag and a hobo satchel, and there was also a patent hand-held tote marked by its handle: a pair of golden headphones. Metallic Alma bags, whose claim to fame are attributed to Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, also lead the way. Crocodile embossed leather converses with Louis Vuitton monogram, showcasing double toning, which is sometimes even in leopard. The bags dictate their respective garments, setting the tone for silhouettes and the overall mood of the clothing that corresponds.