French luxury label Louis Vuitton went all Italian for the big reveal of their exhibit, which opened today in Milan. Fashion editors and buyers have swarmed the city for the annual fashion shows, but those who are might want a moment to look to the past instead of focusing on next spring, will have plenty to feast their eyes on. The exhibition features designs from the iconic leathergoods house since the inception of American designer Marc Jacobs in 1998. Jacobs's longtime collaborator Katie Grand has pieced together a "greatest hits" list of sorts. Instead of looking back at each season as a singular unit, Grand has taken pieces from each season and styled them together editorially on single manniquins. As she toldWWD: "[This] is not a retrospective, we put clothes together as I would for a shoot," before noting that "it all still looks very contemporary."
The show, which is housed at La Triennale and coincides with the opening of a new Louis Vuitton outpost in the Italian city, comes at an interesting time, seeing as there are rumours abound that Jacobs is in talks to take over Dior after John Galliano was fired last year due to a much-publicized incidient involving public drunkeness and inappropriate name-calling. While this may just fuel speculation of the designer's move, Grand assures that this show has nothing to do with it and was planned long before Galliano was dismissed, sending the fashion industry reeling and wondering who would replace him. For more pictures of the exhibition, click here.