In 2001, Marc Jacobs collaborated with American designer Stephen Sprouse to create a range of neon graffiti bags. Famous for his sixties, day-glow graffiti prints, Sprouse rocked the 80's with his loud styles, collaborations with artist Keith Haring, and famous one offs, designed especially for Debbie Harry and Duran Duran. Despite having created several solo collections, and a capsule collection for Bergdorf Goodman, successes were short lived and Sprouse's fashion contributions renamed largely forgotten through the 90's, until his Louis Vuitton collaboration. His range of bags an incredible success, the pieces sold out instantly, making them essential arm candy for new millennium. In 2004, Sprouse died of heart failure, and, in 2006, as a tribute to the designer, and homage to his as a close friend, Marc created another Stephen Sprouse collection, using the materials from Sprouse's 1987 graffiti collection to create a range of bags, shoes and scarves for Louis Vuitton. Once again, it was an instant success, and this year Marc has resurrected Sprouse's designs once more, with a new Stephen Sprouse for Louis Vuitton collection. Released in time to coincide with the exhibition of Sprouse's work at New York's Deitch Gallery, this new range promises to be another hit for Louis Vuitton, prompting another Sprouse revivial.
I love the floral prints used in this collection, and the bright colours, especially the hot fuchsia, would look stunning on sunny days in the city. I'm defiantly a fan of the floral print, pink speedy, a feminine but funky take on the tried-and-testy version, but the graffiti print leggings and courts? I can't help but think they look like something you might stumble across in a discount "fashion" store in Benidorm or on the rails in MKOne. As for the graffiti speedy, while being a downtown twist on an uptown trend, this bag reminds me of the canvas versions, covered with acrylic scrawl found on dodgy market stalls world over; or I am being too harsh? What's your verdict: Stephen Sprouse at Louis V; fashion do or fashion don't?