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The End of Everything / Footballers on Instagram, $38,000 designer bags, extreme luxury and tigers in Dubai.

‘You see it’s broke nigga racism

That’s that “Don’t touch anything in the store”

And this rich nigga racism

That’s that “Come in, please buy more”

“What you want, a Bentley? Fur coat? A diamond chain?

All you blacks want all the same things”

Used to only be niggas, now everybody playing

Spending everything on Alexander Wang

New Slaves’

Kanye West / “New Slaves”

 

‘I just talked to Jesus

He said, “What up Yeezus?”

I said, “Shit I’m chilling

Trying to stack these millions”

I know he the most high

But I am a close high

Mi casa, su casa

That’s our cosa nostra

I am a god

I am a god

I am a god’

Kanye West / “I Am a God” (featuring God)

I will almost copy and paste the following article – by Colin McDowell, posted on The Business of Fashion’s website – in its entirety, as it is too bloody good:

‘Following news that a shop assistant in Zurich refused to let Oprah Winfrey examine a $38,000 black bag, Colin McDowell says astronomically priced products are emblematic of exactly what’s wrong with the fashion business.’

‘LONDON, United Kingdom — Historians take pleasure in giving portmanteau names to periods: The Age of Elegance; The Dawn of Civilisation; The Gilded Age. It is interesting to imagine what, in the future, will be the title given to today’s fashion period. Guilt and Greed, perhaps? The Death of Taste? I would suggest it could best be summed up as The Age of Irresponsible Excess.

To illustrate what I mean, take the recent little vignette that played out in Switzerland, starring Oprah Winfrey. In a Zurich shop, the American media icon expressed interest in a $38,000 black bag, displayed in a locked showcase. A shop assistant refused to get it out of its case to let her properly examine it. Oprah (who is estimated to have earned $77 million last year alone) was informed that it was too expensive for her and after a few more requests and refusals, she left. Many will agree with her assumption that she, an African American woman, was a victim of prejudice, and they could well be right. (My note: read again the lyrics to “New Slaves”)

Racial prejudice is intolerable to all civilised people and it is right that it should be rigorously questioned and examined. But what has not been questioned or examined in this particular case is something which should shock and appal all right-minded people. And that is the price asked for the bag. What an affront to society and civilisation it presents. Above all, it is a shocking indictment of the mindless greed of the higher echelons of the fashion industry and the way in which it has corrupted certain areas of society. Astronomically priced products are designed not to shock, but to excite a customer sufficiently to be determined to buy them.

To me this is exactly what has gone wrong with the fashion business. A spat between a designer and a journalist, like the one between Hedi Slimane and Cathy Horyn, is demeaning and embarrassing, but the “Oprah Bag” question is infinitely more important and should outrage us all. Can we really have respect for an industry that sells handbags for $38,000?

Read the rest here: http://bit.ly/14NA5S2

So, while Kanye raps about the excess of contemporary society, the noveau riche disease and the God complex of the wealthy and tasteless, many still worship money and shamelessly show off their possessions, despite a universal grim economic situation.

Have we lost the plot? Yes.

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Do you remember the ‘Rich Kids of Instagram’? if you don’t, check the following photos and the Tumblr. It will become a reality TV show, according to Mashable.

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Other similar cases include ‘Arab kids of instagram’.

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And Rapperz on Instagram.

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Oh, and don’t forget football players showing off on social media.

Here’s Balotelli’s hand.

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And Nuri Şahin’s collection of keys.

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Hopefully, Gen Y will save us all – as Noah Kerner in this article posted by Forbes reckons: ‘My generation dreamed of making millions on Wall Street. Today’s young people dream bigger – building startups that change the world. is going for other stuff opposite direction

Or, if the world will not change, at least the filthy rich could use a bit of class, when bragging about their monies. Look at Snoop Lion’s Instagram shot – a sober, subtle image of what being rich and famous is about: travelling in style, with Louis Vuitton gear, while smoking a spliff. What else do you need?

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Photo sources: Instagram, Vice (http://www.vice.com/en_uk)

What do you think?

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The Weird World of Luxury Brands / feat. Elephants draped in LV, Prada Frankestein-esque platforms and M.I.A.

It took three people to write the following song. Seriously.

Worldwide, the song has sold more than 6.6 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time. Seriously.

Here are the lyrics. Seriously.

 

‘Ahuh Ahuh (Yea Rihanna)

Ahuh Ahuh (Good girl gone bad)

Ahuh Ahuh (Take three… Action)

Ahuh Ahuh

 

You have my heart

And we’ll never be worlds apart

May be in magazines

But you’ll still be my star

Baby cause in the dark

You can’t see shiny cars

And that’s when you need me there

With you I’ll always share

Because

 

[Chorus]

When the sun shines, we’ll shine together

Told you I’ll be here forever

Said I’ll always be a friend

Took an oath I’ma stick it out till the end

Now that it’s raining more than ever

Know that we’ll still have each other

You can stand under my umbrella

You can stand under my umbrella

(Ella ella eh eh eh)

Under my umbrella

(Ella ella eh eh eh)

Under my umbrella

(Ella ella eh eh eh)

Under my umbrella

(Ella ella eh eh eh eh eh eh)

 

[Chorus]

When the sun shines, we’ll shine together

Told you I’ll be here forever

Said I’ll always be a friend

Took an oath I’ma stick it out till the end

Now that it’s raining more than ever

Know that we’ll still have each other

You can stand under my umbrella

You can stand under my umbrella

(Ella ella eh eh eh)

Under my umbrella

(Ella ella eh eh eh)

Under my umbrella

(Ella ella eh eh eh)

Under my umbrella

(Ella ella eh eh eh eh eh eh)

 

You can run into my arms

It’s OK don’t be alarmed

Come here to me

There’s no distance in between our love

So go on and let the rain pour

I’ll be all you need and more

Because

 

[Chorus]

When the sun shines, we’ll shine together

Told you I’ll be here forever

Said I’ll always be a friend

Took an oath I’ma stick it out till the end

Now that it’s raining more than ever

Know that we’ll still have each other

You can stand under my umbrella

You can stand under my umbrella

(Ella ella eh eh eh)

Under my umbrella

(Ella ella eh eh eh)

Under my umbrella

(Ella ella eh eh eh)

Under my umbrella

(Ella ella eh eh eh eh eh eh)

 

It’s raining

Ooh baby it’s raining

Baby come here to me

Come here to me

It’s raining

Oh baby it’s raining’

 

Now, this tells us the world is going slightly crazy, right?

Luxury brands have to adapt and monetise, then. So the go like: “Is the world going mad? Let’s go madder!”

 

Et Voilà!

In Paris, an elephant draped in Louis Vuitton switched on the Christmas Lights at Galleries Lafayette.

Versace, AKA the brand that last year ‘revoked free publishing rights to its Facebook Page after activists covered its Wall with messages protesting the Italian fashion house’s use of sandblasting’ a technique that is ‘highly dangerous to workers, says Change.org’ and that ‘requires firing sand under high pressure, and has been known to kill workers in Turkey and Bangladesh. (Turkey banned sandblasting in 2009.) Anyone who inhales large amounts of silica dust can contract a lethal pulmonary disease called silicosis’ teamed up with M.I.A., AKA the artist, activist and refugee icon who, according to Wikipedia ‘has used networking sites such as Twitter and MySpace to discuss and highlight the human rights abuses and war crimes that Sri Lanka is accused of perpetrating against Tamils, citing news articles, human rights group reports, government reports, her own experiences as a child and on her return to the island in 2001 to support calls for a ceasefire.’ and, in a recent conference said she wanted to ‘”go around the world and look at the ugliness,” she said. “You weren’t gonna fix it, but I sort of believed you could through art.” The song “20 Dollers” [sic] began as a photo she took of a Madonna-stickered car in Liberia, then scrawled across in Photoshop, a singular example of the interconnectivity between her visual art, her music, and her sensitivity towards global inequity.’ for some new cool collections. Stay tuned! Read More…

5 things you wouldn’t expect from luxury brands – feat. Karl Lagerfeld, a bathtub, and André the Giant.

‘When he was a child growing up in Grenoble, France, acromegalic wrestler André the Giant had Samuel Beckett for a neighbor. And since young Andre was too huge to take the regular bus to school, Beckett would drive him there in a van he probably bought with royalties from Waiting for Godot.’

(from the Chicago Reader)

This sure is a rather unusual mix of circumstances, and a very uncommon combination of antithetical characters: a wrestler and a Nobel Prize winner.
Apparently, they used to talk about cricket.

5 things you wouldn’t expect from luxury brands.

1. Montegrappa / Sylvester Stallone

Montegrappa is the oldest Italian manufacturer of fine writing instruments.

Sylvester Stallone is known mostly for beating up people in movies, or defeating entire armies dressed in a jute bag. Read More…

Tattoos, marketing, and social media / Marc Jacobs GOOD, Chris Brown BAD.

“Tattoos are like stories – they’re symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful.”

Pamela Anderson, actress, model, thinker.

Back in the day, tattoos were for nameless sailors, Polish jailbrids and Millwall fans. Now they don’t scare old ladies anymore, and are taking over the stage, catwalks and Vogue’s cover.

Tattoos sell. As usual, some do things the right way, others just make everybody go “WTF?” Read More…

Luxury brands – The cure to Miuccia Prada’s Blues? Italian creativity and foreign reliability.

“I made lemon spaghetti in an early season of ‘Everyday Italian,’ and to this day people still come up to me and say they love it. It’s very, very simple. Basically, you cook the pasta and mix together Parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice and zest and pour it over the pasta.”

Giada De Laurentiis, Italian American chef, writer and television personality.

My Italian nonna wouldn’t get it: “Why would you go on TV with a recipe so silly even a baboon could come up with?”
But my grandma didn’t hold a master’s degree in business administration and media wizardry, therefore she couldn’t realise that the simplest Italian pasta recipe, and the American legendary selling skills, together can achieve greatness. Read More…