New exhibition "Louis Vuitton X" and collection ArtyCapucines

by Flaunt Magazine

Pre-twilight in Hollywood last night, at the peak of rush hour traffic, it seemed every other car was a waxed black sedan with a boldly brandished X on its cheek. As the sun set, June gloom thinned itself into a clear, starry, crisp Summer expression, and the mood was groovy. The moment had come for luxury star, Louis Vuitton, in town with its usual sex appeal, to launch its highly-anticipated, experiential exhibit, "Louis Vuitton X", at a pop-up corner of Rodeo and Santa Monica Blvd. At the center of the show is a debut expression of the brand's ongoing love affair with contemporary art, ArtyCapucines. The coyly irreverent collection, a twist on the iconic bag, features designs by artists Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Israel, Tschabalala Self and Jonas Wood. The spanning exhibition in surrounds runs through mid-September and showcases the brand's unequivocal heritage. 

 Inside the vibrant fuchsia foyer, a façade replica of the original 1854 Vuitton store, are art objects by Virgil Abloh.  Next, a corridor showcasing iconic reworkings of the Vuitton codes, starting with their 1996 collaborations with Vivienne Westwood, Helmut Lang, Alaïa,  and a host of other designers. This gallery also displays later collaborations from Rei Kawakubo, Karl Lagerfeld (a punching bag!) as well as the design of Zaha Hadid. Other noteworthy relics are a fold-out bed and a custom-made trunk used to house paintings for Claude Monet. Next, a scarf gallery. Iconic looks from the house's past and present artistic directors offer some very psychedelic Instagram filters. The exhibit concludes in a gallery of newly commissioned art works from the Capucines collaborators. 

 Guests were ushered to the second level for a pop-up shop featuring a selection of products curated by Just an Idea founder and former Colette Creative Director, Sarah Andelman, alongside Louis Vuitton Women’s ready-to-wear, leather goods, accessories, shoes, fragrances, Objets Nomades and books.

The evening then loosened its cuffs and headed up the hill to the brilliant Sheats-Goldstein House for a cocktail dinatoire, where Mr Goldstein himself could be seen inside Club James recounting recent fashion fêtes and court-side NBA playoff games, amidst a bevy of brand muses and fashion insiders. It was one for the books.

See Flaunt's interpretation of the ArtyCapucines collection in our What Are You Packing? feature from this summer's The Looming Issue.


Photo by Brad Dickson courtesy of Louis Vuitton