By most any fashion die-hard's standards, Louis Vuitton and Parsons are considered the best of the best in their respective fields. So when they partner up for a competition that promotes sustainability the results are bound to impress.
Already in its second year, the competition, "Reconstruction 2.0," asks Parsons students to create new garments around a particular theme using the Louis Vuitton archives. This year, students were challenged to create a garment out of Vuitton samples that embodied travel, an idea at the heart of the international Louis Vuitton brand. Six four-person teams were selected to compete.
"We were inundated with the most amazing projects and the most amazing ideas, as we knew we would be, and the difficulty was choosing the six teams to take part," says Simon Collins, Parsons Dean of Fashion. "We could've tripled the size of the competition."
In what may be another piece to the Marc Jacobs-to-Dior puzzle, Louis Vuitton has just announced that they are planning to unveil an exhibition during Milan Fashion Week that will pay tribute to their artistic director of 14 years, Marc Jacobs.
This news comes on the heels of several legitimate-sounding reports that Marc is as good as in as John Galliano's permanent replacement at Dior. Of course, his position at Dior would mean having to say goodbye to Vuitton, where he successfully created the house's first ready-to-wear line. And this exhibition, which sounds a lot like a retrospective to us, will be a great way to do it.
Nestled towards the end of the Spring 2013 edition of Style.com/Print is a piece profiling the relationship between Jacobs and Grand. In addition to, you know, being the EIC at LOVE, Grand has been styling for Jacobs' Louis Vuitton shows for the past seven years now and says they've never had a fight. So what's the glue that keeps this fashion pairing together, despite long and crazy hours?
Charlie the Unicorn.