Watch this: Louis Vuitton celebrates America’s Cup with special timepieces

Michelle Williams’ Louis Vuitton Campaign Is An Edgy Turn For The Star (PHOTOS)

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As the official timekeeper for the races, which take place in San Francisco for the next two months, the luxury retailer is introducing several timepieces inspired by the world of sailing with technological finesse. Each watch features what is known as the Regatta function, which marks the countdown of the last five minutes before the starting gun goes off for an America’s Cup race. The crown jewel is the Tambour America’s Cup Automatic Regatta , a limited edition offering of only 720 numbered watches referencing the 72-foot A72 catamarans used in the Cup. It sports a red-and-black dial with the America’s Cup logo, waterproof rubber strap and a Swiss automatic LV 171 chronograph movement. There is also a quartz version, with a limited edition of 1,851 watches, referencing the year of the first America’s Cup. The watch retails for $11,600. Other versions feature the Louis Vuitton Cup logo on the dial. Currently, boats are vying for the Louis Vuitton Cup in a challenger series for the right to sail against the American defender, Team Oracle USA, at the 34th America’s Cup, to be held Sept.

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Though she has a sweet-as-a-button appeal, corsets , metallics and playful hems are all part of her style rotation. Fortunately, it looks like that fearlessness has paid off with a new gig as the face of Louis Vuitton . The actress stars in the fashion house’s autumn/winter 2013-14 campaign, which focuses on two new handbags, the W and the Capucines. Sporting wine-colored lips, dark brows and her signature cropped haircut, Williams looks particularly edgy in the Peter Lindbergh-lensed shots wearing clothing from the fall collection. It’s certainly a far cry from the young girl we met on “Dawson’s Creek.” Of course, this announcement isn’t too surprising — remember how great Williams looked in her show-stopping Louis Vuitton gown at the 2012 Oscars? This partnership is also particularly noteworthy, since it marks the star’s very first major fashion campaign. (Williams did star in the Band of Outsiders lookbook back in 2012, though.) You can catch her new Louis Vuitton ads in Marie Claire France on Aug. 2 or wait until they hit September and October fashion magazines Stateside. Do you think these shots prove that Williams has global style star potential? Her new ads for Louis Vuitton: Her Louis Vuitton look at the 2012 Oscars: From girl next door to Vuitton minx…

Michelle Williams smoulders in edgy fashion shoot

July 24, 2013 1 When you have a favorite style or treasured item in your closet, there’s nothing wrong with giving it the attention it deserves by wearing it all the time. As a testament to this, we’ve spotted Alexa Chung making use of one very chic pair of Louis Vuitton heels. Her bow-adorned pumps have served her well through fashion parties and premieres (year after year), adding a sweet, polished touch to every look. And because we love when fashion is also functional, we’re big fans of this low heel ! You may not be running out to score a pair of Louis Vuittons, but after a glimpse of Alexa showing off their styling potential, you may just want to shop something similar. We’ve already done the legwork just click through for a closer look at her sweet footwear, then shop a pair for yourself. Whats Your Reaction?

Michelle Williams Takes An Edgy Turn For Louis Vuitton Campaign

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Here are the first campaign images from the Oscar-nominated actress new gig as the face of Louis Vuitton. The ads, which will appear in September and October magazines, are for the brands new handbags, the W and the Capucines. Michelle Williams was selected by Louis Vuitton for her independent spirit with which she has forged her path through Hollywood defined by her outstanding talent, her passion for craft, and her choice of daring and challenging roles, the French fashion house said in a statement. [via PEOPLE] [Courtesy Louis Vuitton] Williams, 32, is no stranger to Louis Vuitton. In February 2012, Williams donned a burnt orange LV gown for the 84th Academy Awards. (While she was a winner on the red carpet, the My Week With Marilyn starlost the Best Actress Oscar to the one and only Meryl Streep ). [Courtesy Getty Images] Williams, who was most recently seen in Oz the Great and Powerful as Glinda the Good Witch, is currently filming the World War II movie Suite francaise with Kristin Scott Thomas.

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‘It’s a scary thing to revisit those things underneath’: Lady Gaga looks unrecognisable as she posts make-up free Louis Vuitton Outlet snap In keeping with his fashionable luggage, Justin sported freshly polished motorcycle boots along with dark skinny jeans. Topping his getup was a light blue T-shirt as he wore tough guy aviator sunglasses and a New York Yankees cap. He’s so vein! Justin’s forearms were corded with vascular effort as he carried a knapsack and his LV bag Contemplative mood: The 41-year-old cut a thoughtful figure as he walked alone in the city streets Slung over his shoulder was a knapsack and an army green jacket as his wrist displayed an expensive looking watch. The nephew of famed travel writer Paul Theroux looked to be embarking on a mini sojourn of his own as he was loaded down with his pricey baggage. But he is most likely staying put, as his preferred city of residence is New York and his fiancee Jennifer Aniston, 44, is also currently filming the comedy Squirrel To The Nuts with Owen Wilson and Cybil Shepherd in the world-renowned metropolis. Sports fan: The actor wore a New York Yankees cap as he strolled solo Theroux co-starred with his bride-to-be in Wanderlust just last year and has his own HBO pilot The Leftovers debuting sometime in 2014. The show is based on the book by Tom Perrotta and revolves around the Rapture as it follows a group of people who are left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton.

Quite the man bag! Justin Theroux totes a large Louis Vuitton duffel as he struts through the Big Apple in skinny jeans and motorcycle boots

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For the 2012 Oscars, where she was up for the Best Actress award, she wowed in a vibrant gown by the Italian fashion house. With a ruched bustline and peplum detailing, the burnt orange number had a distinct prom vibe and ensured that Michelle stood out from the crowd. Michelle is recently single after splitting from her partner of one year Jason Siegel. Jason was Michelle’s most serious boyfriend since the death of her former fiance Heath Ledger in 2008. In other fashion news, Christy Turlington, 44, has made a reutrn to modelling with a sultry advert for Calvin Klein.

Michelle Williams is a Stunner in These New Louis Vuitton Ads

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What can LV do to regain lost popularity? DIAGNOSIS 1 Leo Wood As a letter to the Financial Times put it bluntly: when even the cleaner has a Louis Vuitton handbag, the brand has a problem. The French icon has to convince the highest spenders that the entire feel of the brand is out of reach of everyone apart from a rarefied elite. First, LV can use market research to ensure it does not lag behind its peers in adapting to changing trendssuch as the shunning of ostentatious logos. Exhaustive focus groups among the ultra-high spending segment will anticipate maturing tastes in luxury and discover what will ensure loyalty. Luxury is difficult to get right online and clients may not use e-commerce, but LVs digital set-up feels cumbersome. The website is a critical brand extension, acting as a virtual storefront.

Alexa Chung Wearing Louis Vuitton Heels 2011

Alexa Chung Wearing Louis Vuitton Heels 2011

We love that shes rocking this edgy look since we didnt get to see Michelle embracing her inner-punk at the 2013 Met Ball. The Oscar-nominated actress looks confident and beautiful as she poses on a gold-detailed trunk with the new French designer goods. We love this look so much that we think Michelle should adopt it as her new signature style! Its one of the few celebrity-featured campaigns where we forgot shes an actress, and instead thought she was a model. Were pleasantly surprised with everything weve seen so far and cant wait to see the rest come September! Hollywoodlifers, what do YOU think? Are you a fan of Michelle Williams in the latest Louis Vuitton campaign? Do you think she was the right choice? If not, who would you have liked to see in the spread?

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LVMH Finance Director Jean-Jacques Guiony on Friday said Louis Vuitton’s margins rose in the first half, both at the operating and gross level, reversing a decline which analysts estimate started two or three years ago. “People feared that less canvas and more leather could impact Louis Vuitton’s margins,” said Exane BNP Paribas analyst Luca Solca. HSBC calculated that Louis Vuitton’s operating margin fell to 42 percent from 44 percent between 2011 and 2012. RELIEF Sales growth at LVMH’s fashion and leather goods division, of which Louis Vuitton makes up 75 percent of sales, doubled in the second quarter to 6 percent from 3 percent in the previous three months on a like-for-like basis. “It is a relief that there is an improvement in the second quarter and that the margin (at LV) stopped deteriorating,” said Zurich-based Andrea Gerst, who helps run the Julius Baer Luxury Brands fund with 417 million euros ($551.92 million)under management.

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TIP 1: Always remember that the O’s in Louis Vuitton should have a perfectly round shape many counterfeits use oval shaped O’s instead. TIP 2: Check that the Louis Vuitton bag you are considering buying actually exists. Sounds obvious, but there have been examples of the Vernis being sold in black even though Louis Vuitton never made it in black. TIP 3: Louis Vuitton is extremely careful about the way that its monogram is placed, and it is usually completely symmetrical from side to side. TIP 4: Not all Louis Vuitton bags are made in France, so if your bag says ‘Made in USA’ don’t automatically assume it’s a fake.

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