(POTUS scored an Hermes golf bag, a Louis Vuitton briefcase and a Lacoste shirt from President Sarkozy in 2011 alone.) But the rest of the world’s leaders got in on the fun at this week’s G8 Summit : Women’s Wear Daily reports that Mulberry gifted Obama and his fellow attendees with sweet monogrammed leather bags . Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and President Obama all reportedly received brown leather overnight bags from Mulberry’s Fall 2013 collection. As the only woman of the group, Germany’s German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a black Piccadilly bag, one of the British brand’s classic leather handbags. ( It’s going for $2,300 on Mulberry’s website right now, if you’re looking to channel the German politico.) The fashionable gifts are a nice perk, especially since the G8 turned out to be a surprisingly informal conference. Over the course of the two-day event in Northern Ireland, we barely saw anyone wearing a tie — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe even got away with a snazzy pink shirt and two-toned shoes . Unfortunately, no sightings of the Mulberry bags. The Piccadilly Bag: Barack Obama has always been pretty stylish… Loading Slideshow Obama (kneeling in front row) 1970s
It began with brands increasingly incorporating world-class art into their retail stores: Louis Vuitton locations dripping with art by the whos who of the art world, with glitterati names such as Damien Hirst, Richard Prince, and Olafur Eliason. Now companies are constructing their own exhibition and/or museum spaces, too: initiatives like the Prada Foundation in Milan, which has been operating since the 90s but is finally now getting a permanent, Rem Koolhaasdesigned home; and the massive, under-construction contemporary art center called the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation funded by Louis Vuitton in Paris, complete with a Frank Gehry design. Fashions interest in the art museum business seems to be at an all-time high. Vuitton is by far the most active in its art world pursuits; in addition to the Paris museum space, which will cost an estimated $200 million, the company has Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo and Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris, both of which are contemporary art exhibition spaces, free to the public. Yayoi Kusamadesigned merchandise and store decor for Louis Vuitton at Selfridges in London (click to enlarge) (image via contemporist.com ) When you take a step back and look at the ways in which the landscape of contemporary art has evolved over the past century, theres a clear increase in the viewing of art not only for its aesthetic or cultural value, but more and more as a commodity. There has always been a relationship between art and commerce, but these days it seems like that relationship has taken steroids and grown to monumental size.
With Fall comes a whole host of fashions and accessories. Louis Vuitton teamed up with sibling fashion duo Jake and Dinos Chapman a.k.a. the Chapman Brothers to go in on the Fall/Winter Accessories collection. Known for their eye-catching and provocative designs, The Chapman Brothers brought a new element to the Louis Vuitton brand. The bags and scarves are adorned with a heavily embroidered and colorful pattern, compliments of the Chapmans. The edgy patterns have navy blue and red bases, with owls, vines, flowers, sharp-teethed koalas, and even an eye ball as part of the design. This limited edition collection will be dropping soon at Louis Vuitton stores worldwide. Check the gallery after the jump to some of the pieces and the design.
Louis Vuitton pushed the envelope of creativity with their latest wind design at their 5th Avenue store in New York City. The high-end fashion brand used golden dinosaur bones to show off their latest collection. They decorated the windows with displays of very well dressed mannequins having to deal with dinosaur action. The handbags are designed in glass cases with tags that tell which bag it is and the bag specifics. The idea was inspired by the current displays at the Natural History Museum in Les Jardins des Plantes in Paris where dinosaur bones are a pretty big deal. While dinosaur bones are a sign of something old and prehistoric, it put a pretty chic twist to an ordinary store window display. Check out some of the scenes after the jump.
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