It’s not often that Louis Vuitton collaborates with another brand to reinterpret their beloved bags, unless it’s for someone as tall as Supreme, Yayoi Kusama, or in this case, Fornasetti.
The fact that the French luxury brand has collaborated with Fornasetti for fall / winter 2021 is worth considering. For the most part, Fornasetti is the Italian brand that makes those coveted porcelain plates adorned with a woman’s lunar face. But Piero Fornasetti, the founder of the brand, had much more to offer during his artistic career: he painted wonderful patterns on silk scarves, created surrealist theater sets for Albert Camus. Caligula, and collaborated with Italian architect Gio Ponti on some of the most intriguing furniture of the twentieth century.
In fact, the Fornasetti Archives in Milan showcase more than 13,000 creations, which designer Louis Vuitton Nicolas GhesquiÃ¨re searched for in antique statues, cameo portraits and architectural works to inspire his latest collection of women’s clothing.
âAs a designer who has always loved the ability of fashion to simultaneously evoke the past, present and future, I wanted to add new layers to this creative palimpsest,â said GhesquiÃ¨re. “Exploring the Fornasetti Archives had the excitement of an archaeological dig, researching and finding designs from the past to give them new life for Louis Vuitton – for now and for the future.”
The resulting Louis Vuitton x Fornasetti collection includes everything from clothing to accessories, but it is the bags that truly possess the timeless quality of a Fornasetti and Ponti cabinet, as well as the charm of the aforementioned plates. Below we highlight the best designs to add to your collection.
[All images courtesy of Louis Vuitton]
The Cannes bag
On this bag, called âCannes Vase Architetturaâ, Fornasetti’s love for architecture and the trompe l’oeil effect is in the spotlight. The latter refers to the optical illusion that transforms something flat (in this case, the patent calfskin surface of the bag) into something 3D. Fornasetti’s detailed design ingeniously makes Louis Vuitton’s cylindrical bag – which is already quite unique, when it comes to designer bags – resembles the Renaissance baptistery in Florence. Remove its golden chain and you will have a work worthy of your display.
The Capucines MM
Les Capucines, first launched in 2013, quickly became one of Louis Vuitton’s most recognizable (and investment-worthy) bags. For this collaboration, it was enhanced by the use of golden metallic leather, as well as Piero Fornasetti’s designs of classical Roman sculptures that fascinated him. It is a bag that will surely turn heads, but with its premium materials and craftsmanship, it could also be kept in a museum.
The Alma, made in 1934, was just the second handbag made by Louis Vuitton. Its silhouette has surely stood the test of time, as have two other design signatures spotted on this new version, the Alma BB Architettura: the architectural engraving by Fornasetti and the ubiquitous LV monogram.
Louis Vuitton’s trunk heritage shines through the new Petite Malle, which has been reworked with gold metallic leather and Fornasetti statues. With its monogram canvas border and square silhouette, achieved by traditional techniques, the shoulder bag is an exquisite example of the meeting between the past and the present.
Keepall Shoulder strap 45
The iconic Keepall duffel bag has been remixed by many artists including Takashi Murakami and Jeff Koons, but this version offers perhaps the most refined take on the Louis Vuitton monogram to date. It was given touches of bright color thanks to the imprints of old Fornasetti pieces, giving a whole new meaning to the term “status symbol”.
Buy the collection in Louis Vuitton boutiques on louisvuitton.com.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.