Louis Vuitton Resort 2016

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After last year’s Louis Vuitton show at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, artistic director of women’s collections Nicolas Ghesquière tipped his hat to an entirely different kind of royalty for resort 2016, staging the presentation in the grounds of Bob and Dolores Hope’s breathtaking estate in Palm Springs. “I remember coming to Palm Springs fifteen or 20 years ago and being so impressed by this place—it’s almost like a castle,” said Ghesquière backstage after the show. “The Hopes were really brave and radical to build something so ahead of its time with John Lautner.”

With its tropical-kitsch seventies wallpaper and awe-inspiring Jetson-style proportions, the house is a historic modernist landmark and yet conjures a vision of the future that we’re still catching up to. Those keenly forward-thinking instincts are right in line with the designer and his process: In his hands, even the most distinctly retro references are recast and re-imagined with a confident back-to-the-future sense of ease. Attempting to unpick a Ghesquièrian web of inspiration is never straightforward for that very reason.

This season was no different, although a few key mood-board touchstones did emerge. The longer, leaner line of the collection had a Lady-of-the-Canyon whimsy to it, and was a clear departure from the short and sweet modish hemlines that have figured in the last few seasons. In fact they resonated more strongly with the silhouette Ghesquière carved out as a young up-and-comer at the house ofBalenciaga. Pair the ankle-grazing chiffon skirts and apron dresses with an LV logo backpack and a palladium-style sneaker (a sporty boot made so for the desert, or so said Ghesquière), and the look took on a nineties club-kid vibe.

That unexpected mix of romantic and rebel, like a prairie dress cut with studded harnesses or fashioned from embroidered leather, made for a compelling and modern idea of evening. Ghesquière pointed to the stylings of cool California girls as an influence, those types who regularly combine a winter wardrobe with a spring one (where else on the planet will you find summer dresses worn with fur gilets but in L.A.!), and that approach to dressing felt particularly right for a transitional season. It’s perhaps also why, more than It bags, the rich and varied outerwear stood out in the collection: biker jackets with exaggerated buckled collars, cropped bombers with gothic lacing, and body-skimming patchwork suede jackets spun with curlicue sequin insets. That intricate craftsmanship and attention to detail was a nod back to the codes and traditions of the house, but also showed just where Ghesquière is capable of taking Louis Vuitton.

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Trade of fake Louis Vuitton handbags under threat in Dubai

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A new agreement between Louis Vuitton - well known for its famous monogrammed handbags - and Dubai’s trade authority will see the two cooperate to stamp out fakes being sold in the city (File photo: AP)

Dubai-based lovers of counterfeit fashion items should be warned: fake Louis Vuitton products - including knock-offs of the French fashion firm's much-coveted lines of monogrammed handbags and totes - may soon become very scarce.

A new agreement between Louis Vuitton and Dubai’s trade authority, the Department of Economic Development, will see the two cooperate to stamp out fakes being sold in the city, according to a press release published this week.

Under the agreement, the luxury goods firm will help train Dubai government inspectors to spot fake products and will also raise awareness among consumers.

The French fashion firm is the first luxury brand to sign such an agreement with the emirate's authorities.

Handbags made by Louis Vuitton, a luxury French fashion house, are a popular status symbol in Dubai, with a basic handbag retailing for around $1,000.

However, a fake Louis Vuitton handbag from a counterfeit dealer can be had - before customary haggling - for only around $200, according to Dubai-based paper Gulf News.

Less prestige

Despite regular crackdowns by Dubai authorities, who last month seized and then shredded 3.5 million counterfeit products worth around $53 million, fakes can still be found.

report published this year by the European Union's law enforcement agency Europol called the UAE one of the main “countries of provenance for counterfeit goods.”

Some reports suggest that the business of selling fakes may have shifted to social media networks and messaging apps.

Dubai-based Louis Vuitton fans hailed the move by authorities and the luxury brand, saying that knock-off bags lowered the prestige of some of their favorite fashion items.

Fashion fan Razan Abu Omar, a Palestinian expat living in Dubai, told Al Arabiya that she believed “fake Louis Vuitton bags do not give the brand its right.”

“The brand is supposed to be one of the best and expensive brands in the world,” she added.

Batoul al-Beitouni, a Jordanian expat, said that “fake goods in general are a bad idea because the money you are paying goes to a dishonest person and it’s a crime anyway.”

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Eighty-five years and counting! Supple and lightweight, stylish and functional, the Speedy can change its look, its size, and its tone. Ready for anything, it remains a step ahead. This bag is definitely going places!

The Speedy is always in a hurry! Since it was launched in 1930, it has lived life in the fast lane. It is no coincidence that it appeared just as women – aware of their importance in society and aspiring to play an increasingly active role – were taking their first strides towards emancipation. They could not have wished for a more perfect companion than this bag, whose very name suggests freedom of movement. Indeed, the stylish and practical Speedy adapts to every circumstance, every situation. A travel bag for an impromptu weekend, a city bag for the office, or simply a handbag elegantly hooked over a woman’s arm…

The Speedy is the ultimate multitasker. Not to mention that, to satisfy every desire, it has adopted several sizes and countless guises – eye-popping or understated, fun or fashionforward, graphic or eccentric. All of which makes it a truly timeless classic. Above all, however, the Speedy is the big-hearted bag that can hold a woman’s entire, precious world, the bag for a woman on the move, who loves life going forward.

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Discover the most fascinating windows in a sophisticated book published by Assouline.

The windows of Louis Vuitton’s storefronts are magnetic. They draw crowds of adults and children alike, eyes wide in wonder at spectacles such as a colossal roller coaster, gleaming golden dinosaur, panoply of brightly colored hot air balloons, or a universe of polka dots.

With an oeuvre of over thirty-five displays, creators Faye McLeod and Ansel Thompson bring the windows of one of the world’s leading luxury brands to life with their unparalleled magic.

Featuring an introduction by The New York Times fashion director and critic Vanessa Friedman, these celebrated vitrines are presented as works of art in this handbound oversize Ultimate Collection edition, capturing the inspired world that is Louis Vuitton.

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Louis Vuitton presents its new “spirit of travel” campaign starring Michelle Williams and Alicia Vikander.

Following a trip to the Caribbean, Louis Vuitton has packed its trunks for Palm Springs, California. This location is a natural follow-up to the 2016 Cruise collection which was staged here last May in an exclusive setting: the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate, a legendary Desert Modern home, a masterpiece designed by architect John Lautner.

The film, directed by Gordon von Steiner, features actresses Alicia Vikander and Michelle Williams, embodying different facets of the Louis Vuitton woman.

Discover the long version of the film as well as the full campaign 

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This spring, Michelle Williams is back with new colours available for the ever stylish and timeless Capucines handbag.

Photographed once again by Peter Lindbergh, and styled by Carine Roitfeld, these shots manifest the actress’ true sensibility and delicate fragility with shades of reminiscences in her expression.

An air of vintage Parisian elegance that suits her perfectly, as she has just finished acting in Suite Française, based on the award-winning novel by Irène Némirovsky and centred on a romance during the early years of the German occupation of France.

Made of the full-grain with light touch Taurillon leather, the Capucines comes in new shades - Cobalt, Bleu Electrique, Rose Azalée and Vert Jade – and in a mini version with a removable long strap for a more casual effect. Contrasted calf leather lining or a python leather handle also bring a fashionable touch to the refined tote.

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