Monday, June 15, 2009

A Love Story in the Superflat Monogram World

I miss watching anime; they never fail to bring the pa-cutey-tootiness in me.  Which is why I want to share these short video clips with you (thanks for the tip, ST!)  If you love fashion, luxury, and cartoons; you'll surely enjoy these :)

Remember the colorful versions of Louis Vuitton monograms?  Well, for those who aren't familiar with them, these are the works of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami... thus, the collections were named after him.  LV Creative Director Marc Jacobs was fascinated by Murakami and invited him to work on a special collection back in 2003.  Along with the launch, a short film animation was released entitled "Superflat Monogram," and is about a young girl named Aya who was swallowed by a big Panda into the superflat world of Murakami.  Here's the video:

Six years have passed since the successful launch of Murakami's super cute collection.  In between those six years, he has produced limited edition lines such as Cherry Blossoms and Eye Love You.  Now, he's back with new characters, a new collection for Spring-Summer 2009, and a new short video, too!  The giant Panda reappeared, with his son in tow, at that same place outside the Louis Vuitton store in Omotesando.  Now, it's the cute li'l panda who swallows Aya, and is transported back in time where she meets Gaston-Louis Vuitton.  Find out what happens here:

So, what's next?  I hope we don't have to wait for another six years to find out where this "love story" goes.  

After watching the clips, I'm hooked on these adorable pandas :)
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The Japanese sure know how to tempt and excite us.  It's all in the details.  But more than LV-Murakami's latest collection, I fell in love with the characters in his Monogram Flat Universe.  Aside from the two pandas, the onion head fairies are my next fave.  Plus, the colors are just too bright and happy to resist!  How about you?  Who's your fave character? ;)


Styles I Love said...

i just love takashi murakami! he seems like a very interesting and fun-loving fellow!

Style Scout said...

Yes, I'm sure he is! And childlike, for sure.
I've never been a fan of the Murakami collections until I watched the clips and "met" the characters :) This one is just too darn cute—I'm a convert! He made LV fun and young :D


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