Louis Vuitton Damier Cubic Speedy Cube East-West in Yellow

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices

Louis Vuitton Damier Cubic Speedy Cube East-West in Yellow

A series of columns, descending on the elegant angle of an escalator, traversing the horizontal of the catwalk and ascending again, formed the fundamental structure of the Spring/Summer 2013 presentation. Each look was a strict rectangle when considered from the perspective of an architect’s elevation, interrupted on the horizontal at three levels, with the sleeve heads offering the only deviation from the straight and narrow. This strict template was inspired in part by the conceptual artist Daniel Buren and his work Les Deux Plateaux, a series of 260 columns of three different heights arranged in a grid within the great courtyard of the Palais Royal in Paris.

It was a marked contrast to the previous season, with the romantic making way for the mathematical. There were still flowers – although, silhouetted and abstracted, they were not immediately recognizable as such. But for the most part, decoration came in the form of strict checkerboard grids. This was the first ever Louis Vuitton collection where the monogram was nowhere to be seen; instead, the Damier pattern provided the House’s signature. Squares in differing colors and textures and at varying scales gave the clothes and accessories a starkly graphic quality.

For all its crisp, clean lines and bold blankness, the collection still included the labour-intensive embellishments for which Louis Vuitton is famous. The tiniest sequins ever produced were arranged by the thousand to create metallic surfaces, while slightly larger paillettes were stacked four-deep and stitched in precise grids to create geometric relief textures. ‘Tuffetage’, a technique taken from carpet-making, was embroidered on leather to create a flock-like effect.

A fundamental duality underpinned the collection: between the two colors of each grid; between shiny and matt textures; between presence and absence, in the case of the dresses with the cut-out squares. The collection was presented on models in pairs to reinforce these oppositions. Artistic director Marc Jacobs had the image of two very different French icons of the 1960s, Françoise Hardy and Jane Birkin, in mind when creating the collection: Hardy always very covered up, Birkin always revealing plenty of flesh, but both always in long, simple clothes.

The rectilinear discipline extended to the bags and shoes. The Envelope and the Flat already had the requisite right angles, while the Speedy was re-engineered in square and cubic forms.

Discover the Spring/Summer 2013 show bags below.

Damier Cubic

The Speedy Cube and Speedy East-West in Damier Cubic reinterprets the iconic Speedy bag in the geometric spirit of the collection. The historic Damier pattern is replicated using the traditional craft of tufting, innovatively applied to embroidered calf leather, to create a 3D flocked finish that is both feminine and eye-catching.

Damier Cubic Speedy Cube PM Green Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Cubic Speedy Cube PM Brown Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Cubic Speedy Cube PM
Colors:
Brown, Gray, Green
Size: 14″ x 21″ x 19″
Price: US$2860

Damier Cubic Speedy East West Brown Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Cubic Speedy Cube East-West
Colors:
Brown, Yellow
Size: 10″ x 17″ x 32″
Price: tba

Damier Facette

Revisited in the geometric spirit of Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, the iconic Speedy bag becomes the Speedy Cube in Damier Facette. In brushed shiny calf leather embossed with the historic Damier pattern and structured by an English frame, Speedy Cube makes a strong style statement yet is versatile enough to accomplany a wide range of looks. The bags features two-way zipper with leather loop and padlock, removable cross-body strap, shiny silver brass metallic pieces, cream microfiber lining, interior pocket, and protective bottom studs.

Damier Facette Speedy Cube PM Creme Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Facette Speedy Cube PM
Colors:
Creme, Yellow
Size: 5.9″ x 8.7″ x 7.9″
Price: US$1750

Damier Facette Speedy Cube MM Camel Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Facette Speedy Cube MM
Colors:
Camel, Creme
Size: 7.1″ x 10.6″ x 9.4″
Price: US$2050

Illusion

Revisited in the geometric spirit of Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2013 women’s fashion show, the iconic Speedy bag becomes the Speedy Cube in Illusion. The soft suede calf leather of the bag is embroidered using the “tuffetage” technique inspired by carpet-making to highlight with a subtle flock-like relief the Damier-pattern flower motif for the Illusion Fleur or the historic LV logo with the Illusion LV. The bags features a two-way zipper closure with leather loop and padlock, shiny silver brass metallic hardware, tone-on-tone microfiber lining, and protective bottom studs.

M48906 Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Illusion LV Speedy Cube PM
Colors:
Gray, Yellow
Size: 8.2″ x 5.5″ x 7.4″
Price: US$2430

M48917 Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Illusion Fleur Speedy Cube PM
Colors:
Camel, Yellow
Size: 8.2″ x 5.5″ x 7.4″
Price: US$2740

Damier Optic Mesh

The Speedy Cube in Damier Optic Mesh reinterprets the iconic Speedy bag in the geometric spirit of the collection. The historic Damier pattern is replicated in the smallest sequins ever used by Louis Vuitton, which are painstakingly embroidered on a transparent nylon mesh base, creating an effect of airy lightness and femininity.

Damier Optic Speedy Cube Brown Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Optic Mesh Speedy Cube TPM
Colors:
Brown, Yellow
Size: 10″ x 17″ x 16″
Price: US$2860

Damier Optic Cuir

A key look from Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2013 women’s fashion show, these eye-catching bags in Damier Optic Cuir epitomizes the geometric spirit of the collection. Its graphic square shape is echoed by the black and white checkerboard pattern created by nearly 22,000 sequins (for the PM) and 28,000 sequins (for the GM) painstakingly stitched onto a matte calfskin base. The bags features a zipper closure, key bell, padlock, and name tag, shiny brass metallic pieces, goatskin lining, interior flat pocket with Spring/Summer 2013 collection signature and protective base studs.

Damier Optic Cuir PM Brown Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Optic Cuir PM
Color:
Brown
Size: 8″ x 20″ x 20″
Price: US$4250

Damier Cuir Optic Brown MM Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Optic Cuir GM
Color:
Brown
Size: 11″ x 32″ x 30″
Price: US$4650

Damier Optic Satin

This stunning clutch in Damier Optic Satin epitomizes the graphic spirit and painstaking craftsmanship of the collection. The historic Damier pattern is replicated in the smallest sequins ever used by Louis Vuitton, which are intricately embroidered on a satin base, creating a sparkling and feminine look for evening. Enveloppe features shiny silver brass plot lock with cubic closing, satin lining, an interior pocket with Spring/Summer 2013 collection signature tag and a Spring/Summer 2013 engraved mirror in a dedicated pocket.

Damier Satin Optic Pochette Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Optic Satin Enveloppe
Color:
Brown
Size: 6″ x 20″ x 19″
Price: US$4250

Damier Mosaic

The Enveloppe bags in Damier Mosaic nods to the graphic spirit of the Sixties. Their apparently simple design is the result of elaborate craftsmanship: strips of calfskin in two different colors are woven by hand, then overstitched to create a quilted effect which contrasts with the plain calf leather flap. The bags features the classic Toron twisted handle, shiny silver brass metallic pieces, plot lock with cubic closing, silk lining, a back flat pocket and an interior flat pocket, and an expandable gusset.

Damier Mosaic Enveloppe PM Yellow Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Mosaic Enveloppe PM
Colors:
Brown, Yellow
Size: 2.0″ x 7.1″ x 7.5″
Price: US$2850

Damier Mosaic Enveloppe East West Brown Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Mosaic Enveloppe East-West
Colors:
Brown, Yellow
Size: 2.4″ x 5.9″ x 12.6″
Price: US$3250

Les Extraordinaires

This season’s Les Extraordinaires is an avant-garde evening clutch covered entirely with delicate crystal glass squares forming a strict checkerboard grid.

Les Extraordinaires Enveloppe Clutch Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Les Extraordinaires Enveloppe Clutch
Color:
Black
Size: tba
Price: tba

More from Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2013 Women’s Collection:
> Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Women’s Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show
> Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Women’s Ad Campaign
> Daniel Buren Designs Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2013 Window Displays
> Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Women’s Show Shoes
> Louis Vuitton Damier Facette Collection

Images via Louis Vuitton

 

  • Wentworth-Roth

    I’ve never seen such a horrible collection. Not a single bag looks nice.

    • Anonymous

      Couldn’t agree more. Very disappointed!!

  • http://ediapaff.tumblr.com/ Edia

    Have you seen them irl? they look really nice.

  • jeremiah

    Where’s the monogram? It’s not an louie collection if there’s aint no monogram. Itsthe lv symbol. Marc jacobs is disappointing.

  • Mariz

    Saw these at the Vegas store and I think they’re really nice. Especially the speedy cube.