On the last day of our Vegas trip, my boyfriend and I hit the pool for a day of enjoyable eating, drinking, and cooling off!
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If you can believe it, it's The Shoulder Strap's 100th blog post! It's not even been a year, and I'm happy to say that I've had a fantastic time so far with this blog. It is such a release--a fantastic outlet to throw creativity into, and I am driven everyday by my readers and the beautiful accessories that come onto the market.
What I'm writing about today is the absolutely beautiful Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton collection. Since the summer, there have been two launches--one in July and one recently in September. The earlier collection was mostly vernis patent leather with various colors of polka dots, as seen below.
The later collection, just released on September 7 in the US, is primarily focused on the Monogram Town Square pattern, which is highlighted by original pictures in this post. The Monogram Town Square pattern was overwhelmingly more popular than the initial collection. Often compared to a Mickey or Minnie Mouse kind of pattern, there are lots of items still available from the first collection at stores nationwide. These new monogram town dots, though, are flying off the shelves!
I was lucky to grab a few pieces to add to my collection before they go away forever. To me, the red stood out the most. As I was incredibly lucky to add a Monogram Rayures to my collection, I decided to stay away from the white even though I loved it. Money doesn't grow on trees, or I probably would've grabbed a blue Kusama Speedy as well! :) As you can see above, the interior of the Zippy Wallet is red leather. It's a simply beautiful piece that is both sturdy and gorgeous! I would definitely recommend the Zippy wallet over the Insolite. The leather zipper pulls quickly curl (and stay that way!) and doesn't look as "new" as a Zippy might after a few months. I say this because my Monogram Rayures Insolite wallet isn't aging as well as I had thought. Only using it a few times, it doesn't hold well in the dust bag. Definitely consider this when purchasing an Insolite!
Perhaps my favorite part of the new collection is the Neverfull. Not having any red accessories (surprisingly), I decided to choose this gorgeous bag. Another reason is because it is notable that most if not all of the limited Neverfull bags are made with a stronger, more durable canvas. The Monogram Rayures has the same integrity of product. One of the best things about the bag is the interior! Peeking out of the back, if you can see, is this beautiful red and black spotted fabric lining. Something certain to be a great collector's item today and years from now.
What do you think of the newest Kusama collection?
When I was in Las Vegas last month for the International Consumer Electronics Show, I had the opportunity to be given a tour through CityCenter's illustrious three-story Louis Vuitton location--the largest in North America. While I was there, I had the opportunity to purchase a few wonderful limited pieces for Valentine's Day 2012. The staff was very welcoming and extremely accommodating. To all LV-lovers, you MUST go!
The Alma BB Monogram Vernis Rayures come in both Amaranthe and Pomme D'Amour. The Monogram Vernis Rayures also comes in small leather goods as well as you have seen earlier this month in the Sarah Wallet. As you can see, the bag is adorned with a Valentine charm that complements the bag so well.
Perfect for a cocktail party or just for a trip to get your latte, the Valentine's 2012 Alma BB does not disappoint.
What do you think of LV's Valentine's 2012 collection?
Here's some more Vuitton for you all this weekend! Pictured here is the Monogram Vernis Sarah wallet in the Amaranthe color combination. Such a fun and playful color scheme, this patent leather wallet will be sure to turn heads.
From the booklet:
"For the Valentine's Day 2012, Louis Vuitton highlights the glamour and the tastiness by dressing its Monogram Vernis models with stripes. They draw their inspiration from the striped canvas which contributes to the heritage of the House. These vivid and feminine stripes illuminate the red tones, symbols of passion and seduction."
Stay tuned for an accompanying piece! What do you think of the Vernis Rayures pieces?
After being told that it was sold out nationwide in the US for weeks, I remarkably managed to find one still out there in the wild (That means never give up hope when looking for a piece, folks! You never know what your SA can find) and took it without a question.
What's great about the Insolite wallet is that it's long and thin--very different from the Zippy Wallet or even the Sarah. Both of those are more rotund in a sense, certainly a lot chunkier than the Insolite wallet. The interior is incredibly gorgeous, also matching the interior of the Neverfull and the striped theme of the Charm. It's a fresh look to the regular Monogram palette. In my taste, the ideal Monogram wallet.
Good news-- more posts about Monogram Rayures--but in Vernis to come! What do you think of the LV Cruise 2012 Monogram Rayures collection?