Marc Jacobs Takes His Final Bow for Louis Vuitton

By  October 02, 2013

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Well, well, well.

Can’t say we didn’t see this coming: Marc Jacobs is leaving Louis Vuitton after 16 years to take his namesake brand public with his business partner, Robert Duffy within the next three years.

16 years that introduced the fashion industry to collaborations with artists like Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, and most recently, Yayoi Kusama while reinventing the luggage brand into a valuable fashion label with global exposure.

Jacobs’ successor hasn’t yet been named, but insiders are saying it could be Nicolas Ghesquière who takes the helm on the French fashion house.

Early this morning, Jacobs’ presented his very last collection for Louis Vuitton during Paris Fashion Week: an all-black, gothic swan song that incorporated elements from his most memorable shows like a fountain, dual escalators, an elevator, and a carousel all while models walked in dark clothing and feather headdresses.

Placed on the attendees’ seats, was a letter written to the women who inspired the American designer—Jane Birkin, Anna Wintour, Coco Chanel, Cher, Lady Gaga, and Sofia Coppola (who also designed a collection for Jacobs at LV) before signing off, ‘to the showgirl in all of us.’

Indeed, Marc. Best of luck to you!