Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Marc Jacobs' New Handbags for Louis Vuitton

More on Marc Jacobs: his line of handbags for Louis Vuitton has provoked lots of chatter in the blogosphere. The 'Joke Bag', especially, is getting lots of hate, both for daring to be a quirky version of everyone's favourite, the tan monogram bag (the Joke Bag is basically a classic LV with some pink and faded sections and a string of jokes printed on the side - innovative, I guess) and for the fact that the jokes on the bag are actually - get this - sexist. Yes, this is a women's handbag. They're sexist in a cutesy 1950s way (jokes your harmless old grandpappy would tell, because he doesn't know any better) but still sexist. Here's a couple:

'Every time i meet a girl who can cook like my mother, she looks like my father.'
'My wife went to the beauty shop and got a mud pack. For two days she looked beautiful. Then the mud fell off.'

And they're not especially funny. Can Marc do anything right? For those who haven't seen his candy-coloured new Louis Vuitton line yet, here's a choice selection.

My favourite, I think, and one of the least colourful (usually I'll go for the most, but this line is out of control!). Those pink ovals look like real candies you've stuck to the side because you couldn't finish them.

The infamous 'Joke Bag'. See the classic monogram, fading to make way for the jokes? I don't like the whole design and colour scheme. Faded brown is just 'yech' in my book, unless we're talking about really beautiful, aged leather.

A whole bunch of bags squished together to make one giant superbag! That teeny orange purse sitting askew in the middle really drives the point home.

This one's called the 'Speedy'.
Colourful monogram + leather straps + beads + pendants. Yowza!

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