Marc Jacobs’ Swan Song at Louis Vuitton Ends On a Somber Note

Marc Jacobs at the end of his final collection for Louis Vuitton

Marc Jacobs exits past a black carousel. Photo via

Though there was no shortage of speculation in prior weeks that the Spring 2014 Louis Vuitton collection would be the last with Marc Jacobs at the helm, the show left no doubts even before the official announcement was made.

The announcement of Jacobs’ departure came only moments after the designer presented his Spring/Summer 2014 collection for Louis Vuitton, an all-black, gothic swan song incorporating sets from his most memorable shows for the brand — including a fountain, dual escalators, and a carousel — around which models paraded in dark, funereal clothes and black, tribal headdresses. {Business of Fashion}

Jacobs, who is credited with growing the Louis Vuitton brand beyond its luggage roots, is expected to focus on an IPO for his own eponymous label. LVMH, the parent company of Louis Vuitton owns a 96% stake in the Marc Jacobs brand.

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