If Marc Jacobs’s all glamourous spring-summer 2014 fashion show for Louis Vuitton was his swan song, then his final ad campaign for the French luxury house is the encore we’ve been hoping for. Shot by Steven Meisel, each muse looked straight into the camera giving each shot the gravitas of a fine art portrait.
Together with the runway’s extravagant black shoulder feathers and heavily embellished clothing, the photos feature the Noé bag in a myriad of different guises testifying to Vuitton’s exceptional savoir-faire. Completing Jacobs’s all time favourite muses, the iconic New Noé for 2014 (NN14) is reinterpreted and paired according to each of the muses’ personality.
French actress Catherine Deneuve, aged 70, was shot with the most extravagant piece from the Les Extraordinaires series. Crystal embellished and covered with layers of midnight toned feathers, this bag would be my favourite of the lot.
Posing with the updated NN14 Monogram Idole in canvas and calf leather trimmings, longtime friend and collaborator, Director Sofia Coppola, 42, is the second pivotal muse to be featured in this campaign.
Supermodel Gisele Bündchen, 33, took her shot with the understated and yet sophisticated version of the NN14 in black supple Cuir Nuance calfskin.
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, 32, modeled the Stephen Sprouse graffiti bag embroidered with shimmering black sequins on a midnight blue Monogram jacquard base that had been featured so prominently in the show.
Embracing the edgy rock ‘n’ roll vibe, rising model Edie Campbell, 23, was paired with the NN14 in studded calfskin, while model and music producer Caroline de Maigret, 38, brought the still picture to life with her alligator appliqued version of the bag.
A last hurrah in celebration of the women who had inspired Marc throughout his 16-year-tenure as the creative head of the brand, it must have been melancholic and emotional to be part of this final transformation.
Images: Louis Vuitton