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Louis Vuitton Series 2

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One of the most timeless designers of all time, Louis Vuitton, showcased an exhibit in Los Angeles displaying past and current collections. The exhibit was called “Series 2”. One of my favorite aspects of the fashion industry is ad campaigns. I fell in love with fashion when Saint Laurent still had Yves, and before their ad campaigns were just black and white. When I think about a high-end designer the first thing that pops into my mind is their most recent ad campaign. I can instantly picture what the model is wearing, who the model is, the font, the color scheme and what collection piece they're wearing.  A few months ago I saw that Louis Vuitton started releasing an ad campaign titled ‘Series 1’. The editorial-like-multiple-page ad campaign contained photographs taken by some of the most well known fashion photographers in the world: Juergen Teller, Bruce Weber and Annie Leibovitz. The photos were taken in the same location, and the difference of photos showed how all the different artists captured the collection. I was so intrigued by this concept, and to see that ‘Series 2’ was a continuation  and coming to Los Angeles made me so excited.

I’m not going to lie, I haven’t always been a fan of Louis Vuitton. I feel as if the monogram is so overdone due to the unfortunate event  of counterfeiting and when I think of Louis Vuitton I automatically think of the LV trademark. This exhibit gave me a whole new appreciation for this French designer. Part of the exhibit was watching how the garments and accessories are made. It showed how everything intricately made by hand to perfection, and how time-consuming it is to make a luxury good. Another favorite part of the exhibit for me was the ‘poster room’, which was a room that was covered in Louis Vuitton ad campaigns. I felt at home, literally. My bedroom looks equivalent to this, except my ceiling isn’t covered (but this gave me a good idea.) I constantly tear out ads and I’m out of wall space and just have stacks in my desk drawers. I left feeling so inspired by such an amazing brand, and lucky to have a luxury brand exhibit in LA for once rather than everything always going straight to New York. 

 

When In Rome....

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Totally fell in love with Italy. A world where gluten-free doesn't exist and it is totally necessary to try a new flavor of gelato everyday. One of my favorite areas in Rome is Via del Boschetto. This is a trendy neighborhood in an ancient city. It is packed with pop-up floral stores, handmade jewelry, and my all-time favorite: vintage stores. The vintage shopping here is unreal. You will find designer vintage treasures in every other store. I would of shopped a lot more than I did if I wasn't backpacking across the country, but I just HAD to have this coat the moment I saw it. It's vintage Yves Saint Laurent. YSL forever is my favorite designer, and my first love. This coat is a alpaca, mohair and wool blend. Since the brand makeover of YSL turned into Saint Laurent Paris in 2012 due to the new creative director, I actually melt every time I see a vintage YSL label. 

I found this coat at a small funky boutique, Pulp. And I still have nightmares about the Moschino floral sweater that I didn't end up buying. It'll probably haunt me for a couple more months to be completely honest. 

Coat worn with all black everythaaang underneath, and Nikes since I seriously just walked all over the city all day. I would never wear workout shoes with this coat, but it kinda looks street style hip in some weird way. Right?