Wednesday, October 3, 2007


I want I want I want!!! 'Nuff said?

The official photo from LV didn't quite capture the beauty of WHY I love this purse, so below is a pic from the Purse Forum. Sigh... It's so gorgeous...but I can't possibly buy another LV! I have too many expenses. Need to buy a new car. New phone. Have my 5-year anniversary with the bf. His 30-year bday coming up. Wedding in Bermuda to attend. Bachelorette party in Vegas. X'mas. Argh!!!!! I need a new job with a higher salary!!!!

According to LV, the gradient in this purse was inspired by the works of Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. He is perhaps most famous for the painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring," which incidentally inspired both a novel and movie starring now ubiquitous Vuitton spokesmodel Scarlett Johannson. As Justin Timberlake most famously sang, "What goes around comes all the way back around." Oh yeah, ScarJo was also his love interest in the video. OK, enough already...six degrees of separation is so much fun! or incestuous... :P

The purse doesn't have milkmaids or stuffy old merchants popping out of the canvas, so what was the inspiration? Vermeer is most famous for his use of light in his paintings. I suppose this is what LV meant when they say that his work inspired the specially silk-screened pattern, where when you look at the background of the pattern, from top to down, the color fades from brown to black. As you look at the logos, from bottom to top, it gently fades to where the logo is almost indiscernible near the zipper. The handles are all done in black patent leather, which of course allows light to bounce right off of it. I think for something that looks like just another Speedy, some thought definitely went into this collection.

Naysayers could lament that this isn't any different from what other brands have been doing with their leather treatments, such as Prada's current Ombre collection, but I think this is a bit more interesting in terms of what Marc Jacobs decided to do with the classic monogram. Definitely a bag that can be carried through the seasons.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Mirage Speedy - Noir - $1,800

There is also a Bordeaux (red) version, but I wasn't loving that. Black all the way!


Anonymous said...

I really can't see the gradient in either photo, but if thats a selling point, me-think LV needs a better photographer.

From The Bagaholicboy That Hails From Singapore said...

yes you can, look at the top, it is more faded and gets clearer as you go down the bag.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I sort of see it - I thought the light cast from the second photo was washing out the image.