Louis Vuitton Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on March 07, 2012

One thing has always been true about Marc Jacobs: the bitch knows how to put on a show. Transforming the Cour Carrée du Louvre into a Belle Epoque train station, having a custom built steam engine pull into the runway, and then directing your models to disembark one by one with an accompanying porter to carry the accompanying exquisite Louis Vuitton bags down the runway? That is genius. It’s not unusual to see traces of his eponymous line in his work for Louis Vuitton and it’s no different here, as he embraces the Belle Epoque fully when he only hinted at in his own collection. The resulting looks are luxurious and aristocratic; pure Fashion with a capital F. Just gorgeous. Make sure you watch the video to get the full effect.



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  • Pupioso

    Not a fan. Sorry. The hats do not look good at all, they all look way too much like each other and the clothing style here is boring to me.

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  • malvernite

    helena bonham carter keeps coming to mind.

    • Vickiefantastico

      That’s exactly what I thought! The silhouette in the first few especially just scream her.

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        Yes, and she would rock the hats.

  • Sarah Thomas

    This looks like one of those retro-futurist newsreels from like 1938 where artists visualize how people will be dressing in the far-flung future year of 2012, which eventually shows up on Youtube and we all point and laugh.

  • Someone was watching Downton Abbey, that much is certain.

    •  while dropping acid, though, for some of those colours/patterns

      •  Yeah, well, some of those textiles are a trifle odd, I will grant you that.

      • miwome

         I was thinking it was a Downton/Willy Wonka crossover.

    • So funny – I was watching the vid when my 9 year old autistic son came in.  He said, “That looks like Downton Abbey… and that looks like Downton Abbey… and that looks like Downton Abbey… and that looks like Downton Abbey…” and you know the rest.  For the number of models there were, I got pretty sick of hearing Downton Abbey.  Until the very end when all the models came out, then my fabulous son said, “Wow, I think that designer must be very impressed with himself mommy. Don’t you think?”  I love that kid.

      • theblondette

         Your son should have a fashion blog!

    • Exactly. It’s like Downton Abbey, but less shapely or feminine.  Amazingly, less sexy than clothes from circa 1915. 

    • twocee

       Oh good, I’m not the only one getting a Downton Abbey vibe.  Some of those outfits scream Lady Mary to me.

      • I can see all the Grantham sisters in these clothes.

    • annieanne

      I was thinking it should be called the Homage to Susannah Buxton Collection.

    • oatmealpie

      Or My Fair Lady.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    Two immediate thoughts. 1.) This is all rather one-note and sadly obvious; while the fabrics and patterns are mixed (and undeniably luxe) the entire collection reads nothing more than Downton obsession. The cuts, the silhouettes, the hats and collars…they ALL look the same. And 2.) Intentional or not, the porter’s costume looks incredibly cheap – I’ve seen better looking Disney park employee uniforms. Having said all that, the shoes are DTF and  if I were in the audience and I would probably gasp, swoon and squeal at the entire spectacle.

    • JDreesen

      DTF…like Down to F#ck?  or TDF…like To Die For?

      because i can make an argument either way, i am just curious which way *you* were going with it.

      • Addicted2Glamour

        Am I ever red-faced! A terrible key-stroke error or a terrible Freudian slip…  Actually I meant to type TDF, cause I really like the shoes.

        • Excellence_and_Elegance

          Nice shoes. Wanna fsck?

      •  Whew, that one made me laugh out loud for a second.

  • poketom

    I think galliano did the train thing with Dior in the late 90’s (minus the porters with the bags). And the carousel from last season was also very Chanel 2008/09. He has a flair for putting on shows we’ve already seen. 

    Anyway, very Hugo, and seeing as how LV is known for it’s luggage that makes perfect sense for the brand. The coats are gorgeous. 

  • hughman

    Well! It’s certainly grand, to say the least, and often quite beautiful in the way Costume Dramas are in the movies. This is also the gayest train to Hogwarts ever.  

    But the question then remains : where the fuck did Sarah Jessica Parker pull that white thing she was sporting from? It twarn’t in this show that’s for sure. 

    •  Oooooh. I wanna take the Gay Train to Hogwarts!

      • formerlyAnon

        I’d hold out for the GayEST Train to Hogwarts. You just know that one’s going to be the most fun.

  • out for a walk

    Some of the coats are pretty great but I have mixed feelings about the collection as a whole. This might be different if I could see in up-close-and-personal detail – the prints especially I think would benefit from that – but it seems overly costumey. Lovely costumes but costumes nevertheless, and while the train and bag porter presentation’s pretty great it just makes it harder to imagine real-life use.

  • aimee_parrott

    I want every single coat there.  Some of the prints are a bit much to wear head-to-toe the way the models are, but paired with other things would be just gorgeous.

  • Joyce VG

    This is almost a religious experience.

  • Didn’t John Galliano do something like this years ago with a train and “passengers”, but the clothes had  sort of African embellishments inspired by Masai women? It also reminds me of the train departure scene from “Funny Girl”.  

  • After watching the video, I am in love with this stuff. Sure, a good deal of it is totally unwearable in any real world sense, but, its also a set of shapes that can easily be distilled to a ready to wear level.

    And as a side note, full time kilt wearer that I am. I loved seeing Marc Jacobs, (hottie that he is) come out in a knee length knitted black skirt.

    •  I couldn’t tell if that was a skirt or not, but I guessed that Marc would be wearing a skirt over long shorts.

      *Sigh*  You’re a kilt-wearer?  How wonderful.

      •  Yep, every day. I just finished making a new one for myself, as it happens.  Two tone, grey tweed check, with black leather trim on the hem, front panel, and belt loops.

        • aristida_girl

          Sweet! That sounds so cool,  I want one 🙂

          •  I suppose it could be negotiated.  (smiling)

  • kittenwithaquip

    Whoa. The kittens seem rather bitter today. I think maybe Blake Lively and SJP in the same day must be too much for the PUFs.

    I like the collection. I love the coats, and I suppose I am not clever enough to think it’s too referential or old-hat. Sure, I see Downton Abbey, but maybe that speaks more to MY obsession with the show than the designers. In my head I can separate out the pieces from how they are styled and the only thing that bugs me is the bell shape of some of the skirts. I love the coats, and the fabrics are luxe. J’adore.

  • lizajane1776

    The fashion is fun-really! Steampunk goggles!-but those furry doggie purses must die!
    I need Need NEED a hatbox, however.

  • formerlyAnon

    Beautiful show. Predisposes me to love everything in it.

    But I’m not sure if there’s anything at all here that appeals as actual clothing – certainly not for anyone with hips. Maybe the coat in the middle of the 7th row.

    Perhaps once it is disassembled into the component pieces. Because I like the impression it makes, and the pieces look like  lovely pieces of the dressmaker’s art.  Though no one is going to wear those hats. Maybe a downsized version.

    On the plus side, I was beginning to think that I was such a coat whore that there wouldn’t be any coat in a collection this year that I didn’t want. Ha. I am too short to look anything but dumpy in just about any of these.

  • I like the odd proportions of the almost A-line long jackets over skirts over trousers.  I like, too, how with each collection, he ties it to the last one; I see echos of the last few collections he’s done in this one.  There’s a continuity that is hard to produce without it feeling “already done.”  At least, IMHO.  And I think it’ll be fun to see these pieces on (real) people, and how they will style them.

  • AuntieAnonny

    Looking at the photos, I wasn’t very happy with this collection at all, but watching the video shows how luxurious these clothes actually are. With every step these pieces sparkled like a million dollar diamond. Love the bags, too. So happy to see a few designers using medicine bags for inspiration this year.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    Q. for the better-informed on here. Who styles these shows? Do the designers pick the hair/makeup/hats/shoes and so on? Because frequently it seems that the styling is at war with the clothes. Either the make-up is horribly distracting, or the shoes are weird, or the hair is terrible, or the hats are fun to look at on their own (I’m looking at you, Treacy), etc etc., and I find that the clothes get a bit lost in it all. I can’t imagine that is the idea, so can anyone explain how these looks get put together? 

    •  For a show of this caliber, all the accessories are ordered, according to the designers specifications, from the various makers they wish to use. The hair and make up are also under the approval of the designer.  They will either make their own wishes know regarding what they want in very specific terms, or if they are working with people they trust enough, give general directions regarding mood.  Of course, everything must get final approval of the designer before the show proceeds. A show of this sort can easily run into many millions of dollars to produce, so every detail is scrutinized repeatedly.

  • That is one helluva show.  Such a clever way to show off the handbags and luggage.  I loved everything, except those dreadful shoes.

  • Does anyone think he will go to Dior? 

  • ASK26

    I just could never understand the attraction of the traditional LV print 

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties


  • Qitkat

    Stunning and surreal. The music, the atmosphere, the elegant train, the fabulous fabrics and styling.
    It gave me chills.

  • greatscoutm

    Dear God, I love this.

  • crash1212


  • I’m wondering if he’s been watching Downton Abbey. Definitely some WWI era influence here. Well done, all of it.

  • Tigerfly


  • Rand Ortega

    i worship @ the alter of LV. This just reinforces the reverence. GORGEOUS! Purple & Camel leather? I. DIE.

  • Monabel

    Takes that refined and flattering WW1 moment in women’s fashion and makes it coarse and heavy.

  • snarkykitten

    Well I think it’s ugly with a capital U

  • the presentation is awesome, the stuff presented — not so much. More crazy hats, hoof heels that models gave trouble walking in, buttons the size of Big Ben and furry satchels? I don’t think te Universe needs more of that.

  • minnye

    I’d have a blast wearing that very last beige/taupe coat.  For sheer joy and entertainment though, I love the black/gold combo, first in the second row and the red look right underneath. 

  • JDreesen


  • pippitypup

    I’m in serious love with many of the coats.

    But those Yeti-fur bags have GOT to go.

  • carolclark12

    I feel like an alien.  Who would really wear this stuff?

  • Anathema_Device

    Wow. What a show. Having the porters carry the bags was a genius touch. Oh, those glorious bags!

    I love the fabrics and the outerwear unconditionally. I love most of the non-outerwear clothing, but some of the pairings were a little bottom heavy to me.

    And god help me, but that music sometimes bordered on a chamber-music version of “Crocodile Rock.” Or is it just me?

    •  I kinda liked the music, actually, but it tweaked the hidden part of me that loves trancey, new-agey stuff.  Huge admission here.  Be kind.
      I loved the play of shiny and matte in the textures of the textiles.  I loved the layering. But then again, I live in SF where layering is a requirement for getting through your day.  AND, I post this to all those pants under skirts haters out there.  When the proportions are right it can work very, very well indeed.
      And finally being at heart and soul a costumer, I loved the references to the silhouette of the 1910s.  It took the shapes and re-imagined them in the 21st century. Lovely.

      • Lori

        I will own my fashion cretinism, but there is no version of pants under a skirt/dress that looks right to me, ever. No matter what fabrics or proportions are used I can’t see pants under a skirt without thinking about my Midwestern childhood. It was required that I wear a dress to church every Sunday, but some weeks it was too dang cold for that even with heavy tights. Solution? Pants worn under the dress. It was ugly and dumb then and it still looks ugly and dumb to me now. (SF is the land of layering, but when I lived in the Bay Area I owned umpteen pairs of gorgeous tights and that worked just fine.)

        •  As I have said before, “degustibus non disputandem est”.  “In matters of taste, there is not disputing”.  What works for you is good, what doesn’t stay away from.  When I see something on the runway, first I see the overall shapes of the perimeter of the form, and sometimes the steady decline from wide to narrow that can occur between the skirt hem and the ankle, with the introduction of a secondary layer is pleasing to my eye.  And that said, I can TOTALLY get what you are saying about having a very negative response to it, based on your history.

          Of course, if there is no disputing matters of taste, what the hell are all us Bitter Kittens doing here?  lol

      • Thank you for saying all of this. I love pants under skirts, and many times feel quite alone in this crew. It seems like many seem to say, “Oh, that is pants under a skirt, it is terrible, because ALL pants under skirts are terrible” instead of taking them on a case by case basis.

        •  My pleasure, Sara!  I have always felt that all things can work, given the right proportions, colors and fitting.

      • Anathema_Device

         I didn’t mind the music. Just a few spots here and there reminded me of that old Elton John ditty.

        Pants under skirts are fine by me. I am more inclined to think of salwar kameez when I see that combo, just because I know a few Indian women who wear them with pants every day. They always look so elegant *and* comfy, even if they think they are dressed down!

        •  When I traveled in India, some years back, aside from the incredible saris I saw, the women dressed in the tunic and trousers outfits favored by some Muslim women in India, struck me as graceful, attractive and practical, all at once.

  • sockandaphone

    those hats are VERY distracting and the proportions just seem…off? like all the models look super-wide but not in a flattering way. Like that combine with the hat they look like kids playing dress up with grown up clothes.

    •  See, I got the reference about the early 20th century, when millinery was vast, and terrifically important.  That is not to say that I loved the hats, cause in most cases, I thought they were a fail.  But the shape and volume was correct for what was being presented.  Without them, the bottom heavy looks would have given the models tiny heads.  My only difficulty, is that I would have preferred more variation in the shape and decoration of the hats.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    way way better than his last few collections, his own, vuitton’s, any.

  • bellafigura1

    Someone’s been watching too much Downton Abbey.  (Although I do love the porters, agree, genius!)

    • dress_up_doll

      I couldn’t help but think of Ladies Mary, Edith and Sibyl wearing some of these looks either.

  • MilaXX

    LOVE, Love the hats, love the coats. not a fan of the prints or the clothes, love the bags and the shoes.

  • butterflysunita

    The timing of fashion shows is interesting–I was thinking that I just couldn’t look at a collection of coats right now….at the end of a long winter, I just want to see spring and summer clothes.  But of course this is for next fall/winter.  

  • Lauren Bradshaw

    Fan-damn-tastic.  LOVE.  

  • rketeckt

    Presentation = Art
    Fabrics = Exquisite
    Leather Goods = TOO. DIE.
    Ensembles = Downton Abbey…and not in a good way…too literal.

  • ccm800


  • GenXcellent

    Love the purples and reds. 

  • tinyredlocks

    Wow… that bitch really does know how to put on a show.  Love.

  • PastryGoddess

    Love this OMG!!!!!  The bags…the bags…I want the bags…

  • Stubenville

    More Helena Bonham Carter hats… and the sunglasses look like something out of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

  • aristida_girl

    That video was super-cool, what a great concept. Love fun-fantasy fashion of this collection, and the shoes were killer! 

  • AzulFashion

    How many millions did they spend on this 12 minute show?  Un-F’ing believable.  

    • amywinns

      All goes hand in hand with $1000 shoes. Think of this as the trailer for a mega-budget action movie. The numbers are similar in terms of cost and expenditures — cast, crew, locations, special effects, worldwide box office, marketing, etc. 🙂

  • quiltrx

    So, I guess that question is answered…the designers ARE going to try to make dress-over-pants work, again.  I like the patterns/embellishments on the individual pieces, but all together they’re just too much.

  • AzulFashion

    Was Marc Jacobs wearing a dress?

  • rainwood1

    It’s another HBC collection!  Helena must be everybody’s muse these days.

  • CharCrop

    The bags were AWESOME!…but who can you see wearing the clothes…and the hats? Would love to touch the fabrics. Haven’t seen anything like it at MOOD!

  • Jo Koster

    Great staging, some nice bags, fugliest clothes and shoes of the season. And what’s with the Cousin Itt pelt bags? Disgusting.

  • Susan Crawford

    AHHHHH. I am now officially obsessed with this collection. I have NEVER wanted an LV bag beyond the ancient “Speedy” I thrifted years ago, but now I want . . . . want . . . want. Shoes? No beauty there, but they somehow made my heart go pit=pat. The collection was . . . magical in presentation, very evocative, full of a kind of twisted romantic dreamlike quality.

    In short: bitch knows how to put on a show. And I have already downloaded the Philip Glass score “The Photographer” – now, if I can figure out how to get a belle epoque steam train to replace my usual, mundane mode of travel . . . I will live the dream!

  • sleah_in_norcal

    what a beautiful, indulgent fantasy.  just what i needed to cheer me up after a frustrating day as an artist.

  • OH. MY. GOD.  In an alternate universe where I have an endless pile of money, I will wear nothing but these clothes and carry nothing but these bags. Just when you think that Vuitton bags are irrelevant… wow.   The shoes do nothing for me, and it seemed like the girls couldn’t really walk in them either.  L<3ve everything else.

  • joything

    This is a dream world of mine, come to life.  The coats, the silhouettes, the sweaters, the patterns, and the ladypants! I feel vindicated and validated in some way.  This show was brilliant.  I want the soundtrack, and my own porter with white gloves.

  • PeaceBang

    Lady Mary Meets Carnaby Street. I just had a fashion nervous breakdown. Could not love this more. 

    • funkycamper

      Exactly!  I was thinking it was a great melding of the ‘teens and the 60’s.  I am totally enamored by it all even though with my hips, I don’t think I could wear any of it.  Love!

  • miatamam

    Way fun!  And thanks for the video.

  • sk8tfan

    what a fun and entertaining way to display the fashion! I want a ticket on that train. I also want the luggage, purses, and coats. Helena Bonham Carter can have the rest. The hats remind me of the scene in Oliver where they ask him if he could be a professional mourner in a funteral procession and he says “if I have a tall hat.”

  • pokokpuding

    Daddy, THIS is the boarding school I want to go to.

  • pure costume

  • Whatever, Marc Jacobs is a hack, hideous hats

  • CatherineRhodes

    The clothes are gorgeous, especially the fabrics, but seems a little too much on the costumey side.

    Are superlong sleeves coming into style just like superlong pant hems have ? Hate it.

  • Barbara Potter

    I loved this. The models look as if they are all witches in one of the Harry Potter movies!  Awesome! :}

  • Jamiroquai wants his hats back.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    The coats! The porters! The choo-choo! Love.

  • trisker

    inspired by Scorsese’s movie Hugo about a boy who lives in the Paris train station and fixes the big clocks

  • Fug. 

  • miwome

    I really want to watch the movie for which these are the costumes.

  • crackineggs

    I love the hats despite the fact that they are amazingly similar to the brown paper bag Mother’s Day hat my son made me in preschool.

  • Vickiefantastico

    You’re right about the video to get the full effect. The pics aren’t that stunning. On video, it’s captivating. Gorgeous!

  • K

    none of the clothes are flowing when the models walk, and it looks like some of the models are having trouble walking… the pants with just above ankle skirt is odd. Loved some of the bags though, and the train with the porters was a cute idea. If any thing it just speaks to how overly busy the outfits are and the need for a separation to show the bags. 

  • LV finally admits the truth about their hard sided luggage – don’t bother to own it unless you can hire someone to carry it for you

    • amywinns

      I don’t think that’s been much of a secret.

  • Fordzo

    It reminds me of something Henri David did at one of his Halloween balls, back in the ’90’s.  Didn’t he have a train pull him in?

    • Melvis Velour

      I remember those back in Philadelphia!  I swear, the first thing I thought when I saw the outfit was “Hello Eliza Doolittle!” and not in a good way…

  • ElitheMonkey

    Furry purses– for the woman who doesn’t want a tiny dog, but still wishes to experience all the shedding. 

  • PRFan

    Where did they get all those tiny little men to be porters?

    The jeweled outfits at the end and the bags except for the Chewabacca were pretty cool.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Love the Train! The clothes are OK. Hate the Hats!

  • Everything looks way too heavy for my personal taste- I like the richness of the color and materials, but he needed some other pieces and silhouettes to lift it and give it balance. 

  • After watching the video my conclusions are this:
    1- All the models look miserable and the clothes look bulky and unflattering.
    2- The show with the train was excellently done, but the the train was the best part.
    3- Those shoes are hideous and someone is going to break something wearing them.
    4- I like the glittery purple bag.
    5- I like one of the jackets.
    6- I hate the cropped pants. Remind me never to wear capris again.
    7- Those hats? Is this the Hogwarts Express?
    8- Those hats! I want hats to make a come back!
    9- No, seriously… those hats? I’m waiting for the Harry Potter theme to play. 

  • NCDFan

    I believe we will see those coats all over next fall. And the luggage and handbags. I didn’t like everything but it was nice to see a collection that covered everyone’s ladybits. I rather enjoyed that hats with no illusions about being able to wear them. In the video the makeup isn’t as eye goggling as it is in the pictures, what is it with the designers lately? I don’t like seeing models who look like they’ve been punched or as if they’ve all got frog eyes. What ever happened to pretty makeup?

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    No.  Just….no.

  • Greg Yoder

    He’d be a good choice for costuming if they ever decided to finish the His Dark Materials movies.  Many of these looks would be better in a fantasy movie than in real life, I think.  Pretty, but they belong in another world.

    He looks ridiculous at the end of the video.

  • TropiCarla

    The minions do not seem to love this but I am going to console my newly pregnant self with the fantasy that the gorgeous yellow leather top will be arriving just in time for me to wear to a fabulous baby shower. 🙂

  • Scroll down fugg.  That was horrid. 

  • Downton Abbey meets Psychedelia?  The bag hats crack me up. Love all he brown and beige coats and the purple, red, and gold shiny dresses.

  • I know this isn’t a new observation or anything…but sometimes fashion is really, really fugly.

  • Judy_J

    That video was fabulous!  Very inspired and original.  Now I want to put oversized jewelled buttons on all my coats.

  • Lilithcat

    He’s turned the fashion clock back 100 years, almost exactly.  What’s he doing?  Observing the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic?

    That train is genius.

  • Corsetmaker

    The perfect outfits for meeting with your cabal of conspirators about setting your fiendish plans in motion. I like it and I love the staging.
    Although, and I think I said this about his own collection, the over-sized buttons, heavy fabrics and stiff shapes do make me think of dolls clothes.

  • kimmeister

    So . . . ornate.  Not digging the checkerboard leather, nor the fact that so many of these looks are bottom heavy (as in, they visually bring the wearer’s center of gravity down).  I do love a number of the simpler tan jackets though.

  • giiiirrrr

    Again with the Jamiroquai hats, Marc?  Whyyyyyyyyyyy??? 

    • Stubenville

      Needs some didgeridoo music.

  • Stubenville

    Did anyone count? How the hell many outfits were in that défilé? 

  • Agree with “scroll down fug”, my scrolling went like this: “oh, ok…….ugh…… waaahhhh………iiick……… OH GOD WHY!!???” I would like to see a post were you hate the collection, there hasn’t been one, right? You always have nice things to say about collections. Rip ’em too like they’re Jennifer Aniston boys!

  • They look villains in a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

  • TSkot


  • sid123

    Linda Perry  4 non blonds   “What’s Up” video

  • amywinns

    Wow, some of these really speak to me!! I love the scallop-collar coats, especially the grey double-breasted knee length and the faun cutaway. Also covet the purple and red square-neckline long dresses.

  • amywinns

    And that video is A MUST DO. It’s a spectactular show, with SO much to look at! Would easily support multiple viewings, which I’m sure they are counting on.  The pics above don’t show the goooooorrrrrrgeous bags nor the clothes in motion (nor the way the poor models struggle with those unwieldy shoes).
    Capital F indeed!

  • MarissaLG

    Boy do I hate those hats. Maybe on their own they’re fine, but the garments are so complicated and have so much going on that the overall effect screams TOO MUCH GOING ON! I’m trying to view each look with a critical eye, trying to see each look broken down, but this collection really isn’t my thing. 

  • butter nut

    i want every piece of luggage.

  • bitterk

    sort of cute    

  • presentation was beautiful, done before or not.  Love the porters carrying the bags, that bit was genius.  Giggled at the ones carrying one tiny purse though.  I love all the coats and the shoes.  The model in the pink coat towards the end had the Rich Bitch walk *down*

  • OneTwoThreeFashion