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See Marc Jacobs' Darkly Whimsical Final Louis Vuitton Show

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It was proclaimed near and far this morning that American designer Marc Jacobs is exiting Louis Vuitton after a 16 year career to focus on his own brand and its future IPO. But not before sending out an all-black, lace, denim and showgirl friendly collection. The runway, which you can watch in full at LouisVuitton.com, was an appropriate ode to Paris, complete with a carousel and fountain. In the heartfelt show notes, he appealed to the showgirl in all women, and rattled off a list of ladies who inspired him. He then turned to the city, and got understandably sappy: "When I look around Paris, it isn't the depth of the city that takes my breath away. It's the decoration and the applied ornamentation that dazzles. It is not about thinking, it is about feeling." Check out the collection above and see the show notes below.

Image via Marie Claire
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