TAKING "SOUVENIRS" WAY TOO FAR
ONCE upon a time, I was walking through Champs Elysées, and store display caught my eye. Across the street was a massive picture of the Mona Lisa displayed with the iconic Louis Vuitton pattern printed across her. A vision of beauty. I ventured over simply just to take a picture, but made the fatal mistake of deciding to go in to take a little look around. (Shopping is kind of like a diet, you don't go into a ice cream shop if you're trying to watch what you eat. Similarly, DO NOT I repeat DO NOT go into a designer store if you are normally balling on a department store budget.)
Normally I have good self control, but I simply couldn't pass up the new Louis Vuitton collaboration simply because who the guest artist was: Jeff Koons. I'd learned about Jeff Koons while studying art in school and instantly liked what he was about. He is most famous for his appropriation and kitsch work ie: Michael Jackson and Bubbles & Balloon Dog. Further, Koons didn't just appropriate anyone, but the art God himself, Da Vinci. How can you say no to the Mona Lisa? That's right, you can't.
The collaboration was celebrated at none other that the home of the original Mona Lisa, the Louvre museum. Celebrity favorites like Jennifer Aniston,Cate Blanchett, ennifer Connelly, and Miranda Kerr all attended the bougie Parisian event.
Now, while this was obviously an expensive venture, I honestly have an appreciation for any attempt to spread art. I love seeing the way in which fashion has infiltrated the art space and vice versa, allowing both to be introduced to different people and different channels like never before. As art in the most general sense becomes more and more obsolete, pushing back and bringing it into the spotlight is seriously important & needs to continue. (Can you see where i'm going with this.. ? Wait for it..)
THUS, me getting this bag was my way of contributing to the cause & an attempt to spread art that I love. So you're welcome everyone, seriously no need to thank me.
Take a closer look at the complete Jeff Koons X Louis Vuitton Collection here
Read more about the launch party here