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While it seems like the jewelry of Elizabeth Taylor goes on show at museums all the time, this round in New York City is different. On display through December 12 and then up for auction until December 17 are $150 million worth of Taylor's luxury items, including jewelry (of course), custom-made designer clothing, gifts from illustrious friends andour favorite of allElizabeth's massive collection of Louis Vuitton luggage.
Christie's will be conducting the historical sale, most of which will be focused on the clothing (like Taylor's wedding dress for her nuptials with Richard Burton), so getting in on the accessories is a sweet bet. Vintage Louis Vuitton trunks are highly sought after, but a variety such as this rarely appears, and depending on interest in individual pieces, could sell for lower prices than it would cost to call up Vuitton and having a new one specially made.
If you'd just like to window shop, the collection is on exhibit at Christie's through the December 12, 2011 and you must purchase tickets to enter. Each adult is $30 and entrances are staggered so that the space doesn't get too crowded, and you have plenty of room to appreciate and get up close to each item. Get those tickets here. After this, much of the inventory will go into private collections perhaps never to be seen again, so just go.
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Tis the season for fresh museum exhibitions, and this year seems to be all about the blockbuster fashion brands. Alexander McQueen is the talk of the western hemisphere, with the giant Metropolitan Museum of Art show in New York, and it seems Louis Vuitton is set to he be the talk of the eastern hemisphere, when the Voyages exhibition opens at Beijing's National Museum of China on May 29.
The Louis Vuitton: Voyages exhibition will last from May 29-August 30 this year, tracing the highs of the Vuitton Maison since its establishment in 1854. As the name of the show suggest, the focus will be on the traveling heritage of the house, from the handmade trunks of the past to the modern globetrotting figures who continue to stand by the brand.
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There is no airport we've been to thus far that has more focus on duty-free shopping than Seoul, South Korea's Incheon International. Not only is there what seems like mile after mile of top luxury brands offering their products in mini version of their regular store, but there's even malls in the center of Seoul where you can go to purchase duty-free items and later (even weeks later) pick them up at the airport. We have a friend in Seoul whose family will even take short international flights just for the purpose of getting duty-free deals. That's dedication.
Incheon Airport has proved itself to be such a moneymakers for big brands that Louis Vuitton who just do not do airport stores, has given in and will open their first airport location here. LVMH prez Bernard Arnault personally swing through the airport earlier this year to check out the prospects, and apparently all met with his approval. Although there's no opening date set, the airport is already taking about increasing flights to China just because of the demand the LV duty-free shop will create.
Fashion and travel; two worlds hopelessly and fantastically intertwined. We've often said that we believe fashion people travel more often than travel people, and luxury brands recognize this and position themselves and their high-priced goods accordingly. It only makes sense that the most powerful fashion brand in the world, Louis Vuitton, evokes images of weather-worn steamer trunks and The Grand Tour.
For their fall/winter 2010 collection, Louis Vuitton is trying to get men excited for their clothes, and the individual journeys behind each piece, both creative and physical (to say nothing of carbon footprints). Thus, Vuitton has launched a website mini-trip called "The Journey of a Man's Wardrobe" by photographer Todd Selby, better known for his photographs of the homes of interesting people, showcased at TheSelby.com. They'll have you traveling around the world one click at a time, while you're educated on the cosmopolitan pedigree of their products.
Find out where Louis Vuitton travels, after the jump
Has the famous landmark-wrapping artist Christo gotten his hands on Hong Kong's Museum of Art? Close, but no cigar; instead the reason for covering the museum in pulp fiction novel covers is in celebration of French fashion label Louis Vuitton and their long line of artist collaborators.
On view from May 22 to August 9, the exhibition of artwork both made by and inspiring the brand will draw the fashion crowds to the museum at the very tip of Kowloon, in the Tsim Tsa Tsui area. WWD has more: