Making history

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 February, 2009, 12:00am

If you missed the Stephen Sprouse/Louis Vuitton collaboration the first time around, now's your chance to get your hands on more items that will, no doubt, make it into the fashion hall of fame. Marc Jacobs made headlines when he took Louis Vuitton's classic monogram and defaced it with Sprouse's signature graffiti in 2001. Call it 'disrespectful and respectful' (Jacobs' own words) but the fashion pack were all over it and the rest, as they say, is history.

For those who aren't familiar with Sprouse, here's a short lesson: he started his career working for New York designer Halston and dressing new wave singer Debbie Harry for stage appearances, before launching his own line of clothing in the 1980s. His love for day-glo colours, graffiti prints and punk culture made him a household name in the Big Apple.

Although Sprouse passed away in 2004, he hasn't been forgotten. To coincide with a retrospective of his work at the Deitch Gallery, in New York, Jacobs decided to pay tribute to his favourite designer - with, of course,

a twist.

The 2009 Stephen Sprouse collection is just as covetable as the first.

The graffiti-scrawled handbags are still there - this time around Jacobs has chosen bright neon shades of pink, green and orange - but so too are Sprouse's other signatures, such as large rose motifs on leather goods, accessories and clothing. Fashionistas are bound to be wowed by graffiti trench coats, jeans, bikinis, ties and sunglasses. The collection is available at all Louis Vuitton boutiques, including that in The Landmark, Central, tel: 2736 0100.