Marc Jacobs Leaves Louis Vuitton

Marc JacobsAs reported by AP: What was likely designer Marc Jacobs‘ last ready-to-wear collection for Louis Vuitton looked like a show in mourning Wednesday — black, black and more black.

Shortly after the show at the Louvre Museum in Paris, the visual metaphor was explained: French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced that Jacobs was stepping down as creative director of its flagship brand.

Jacobs, who is also the director of an eponymous brand, is one of the biggest names in the fashion industry. Under his tenure, Louis Vuitton became the most lucrative fashion house in the world, in part thanks to his creation of a ready-to-wear line.

LVMH, which owns the Louis Vuitton brand and an array of other luxury names purveying everything from jewelry to champagne, would not say who would replace Jacobs or what his next move would be.

From her front-row seat, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour gave Jacobs an ovation at Wednesday’s show.

“Fashion needs rock stars, and they don’t come any starrier than Marc at Louis Vuitton,” she told The Associated Press in an email. “He has always understood that it is a house about travel, and every season he has taken us on incredible journeys with his spectacular shows — shows that made Vuitton a global phenomenon but always brought you back to the heart of Paris.”

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