You might not think of Louis Vuitton as a shoe brand, but the brand would like you to reconsider your assumptions. Not only did Vuitton open up its first-ever independent shoe salon on the redesigned footwear floor at New York City’s Saks Fifth Avenue flagship a couple of seasons ago, but now LV is paying tribute to America’s fashion capital in a pair of fabulous pumps. Read More…

Although I don’t generally carry them myself, I don’t have anything specific against a monogram bag, as long as its well-executed and feels modern. Most materials, even those that tend to feel tacky or gaudy, can be used in judicious ways that retain the air of luxury that most designers are looking to cultivate. It should be about execution and context, not an inherent bias against a material. Read More…

Over at PurseBlog, we’ve been discussing Infinitely Kusama, Japanese modern artist Yayoi Kusama’s collaboration with Louis Vuitton, for quite some time. Most designer-artist collaborations yield lots of handbags and sometimes small accessories, but this time, Kusama and Vuitton did a whole line, including clothes and, most importantly, SHOES.

That makes this post fairly self-explanatory: You can find pictures of the collection’s shoes after the jump, and they’re just as bold and dotted as you might expect. Read More…

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about shoes this season, it’s that the platform isn’t dead, it’s just different. Several seasons of traditional pumps may have fooled you, and although the platform stiletto is done for the time being, shoes with upwards of five inches of height are going nowhere soon. Ladies who need the extra five inches (or just like having it), rejoice! Read More…

Images via Vogue.com

So it looks like fashion is going to try and make mules happen again, perhaps because that’s the only shape that the industry hasn’t encouraged us to buy in the last three years and the powers that be are running out of ideas. The first mention of the possible trend I remember was a tweet from Elle fashion person extraordinaire Joe Zee during Milan Fashion Week, and now both Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu have both shown them during the same day. Read More…

There are winners and losers in ever fashion season, but now that the last show has walked and the last runway vacated, the kings and queens of Fall 2011 are beginning to emerge. Unquestionably, Marc Jacobs sits atop that list for both his celebrated eponymous collection and his immaculate set of upscale fetish gear for Louis Vuitton Fall 2011. The pre-show notes indicated that Jacobs had been thinking about hedonism, addiction and excess when he conceived this collection, and what could hit that note more precisely than wildly expensive, perilously tall knee-high rubber boots? Read More…

Armchair fashion critics have accused Marc Jacobs of many and various shortcomings during his time at Louis Vuitton, but so far as I can remember, no one has ever complained that he’s just too subtle. When the man designs a collection, particularly one for Vuitton, the viewer is never left with any doubt whatsoever of what was on Jacobs’ mind during the creation process. Read More…

The Louis Vuitton Beauty Pumps have been controversial since their debut on the Fall/Winter 2010 runway in Paris earlier this year, just as I’m sure Marc Jacobs intended. One camp sees them as silly and matronly while the other prefers to think of them as inventive and unique in fashion’s current landscape, and I happen to be a part of that second group. Read More…

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