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Marc Jacobs’ Last Show at Louis Vuitton was an All Black Swan Song

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All the rumors were true, as they so often are. Yesterday’s Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 show was Marc Jacobs’ last at the helm of the brand that he’s lead for 16 years, drawing to an end one of the most prolific and lucrative partnerships in modern fashion history.
 Jacobs’ has never been a man for subtle statements, and he went out in a way that only he could – with an almost entirely black show that referenced some of his greatest hits for the brand and closed with a round of showgirls wearing little more than thousands of meticulously placed jet beads.
 
There were handbags, of course – it’s Louis Vuitton we’re talking about, after all. They weren’t the kinds of bags that we’re used to seeing from LV, though, and they didn’t take over the show in the same way that they often have in the past. Instead, a portion of the models carried variations on one very specific theme: black bucket bags. They were adorned with everything from studs to feathers, but the basics of the bag never changed. Also, they weren’t based on the famous Louis Vuitton Noe Bag, which was the first of its kind back when it was invented to carry champagne. The bags didn’t conform to any of Louis Vuitton’s “codes” at all, actually. Marc Jacobs left as he arrived – firmly himself, marching to the beat in his head, waiting for the rest of us to pick it up.