Louis Vuitton’s “slow” road back to prestige

As I noted recently, the French vendor of elite handbags, clothing, jewelry and champagne has lost some of its shine. While it is still the worlds number one luxury brand, it has given up luster to rivals like Prada and Gucci. Luster is everything in the allure of the luxury world, so LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (the full name-dropping moniker of the company) is doing what it can to polish up. Its latest move: Its spending $2.56 billion to acquire 80 percent of Loro Piana, an exclusive Italian textile firm and clothier that hails from near Lake Como, a place where George Clooney hangs out. Loro Piana represents the opposite of the fast fashion trend epitomized by the likes of Zara and H&M. As BloombergBusinessweek noted , you could call it slow fashion. It deals in materials like vicuna wool, which comes from a South American llama cousin that yields the fine fibers only every two or three years – hardly the in-today out-tomorrow vision of a Zara shop.

Expensive tastes! Georgia Salpa puts her best foot forward in £700 studded footwear from Christian Louboutin

Georgia Salpa shows off her studded Christian Louboutin shoes as she arrives at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday

Such thoughts must surely have crossed model Georgia Salpas mind on Tuesday when she stepped out wearing a Louis Vuitton Outlet pair of studded boat shoes from Christian Louboutin worth 700. The 28-year-old was spotted wearing the high-end footwear as she dragged a heavy looking suitcase into the lobby of the Shelbourne Hotel in native home Dublin. With her dark hair tied back and a pair of large shades shielding her eyes from the scorching sun, Georgia looked relaxed and happy having recently returned from a beach holiday in Malaga. She’s got the look: Georgia Salpa shows off her studded Christian Louboutin shoes as she arrives at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday Best foot forward: Georgia wears her 700 boat shoes from Christian Louboutin for her return to native home Dublin Extra baggage: The Irish model also sported a stylish personalised bag from designer Louis Vuitton, seen here as she enters the Shelbourne Hotel The former Celebrity Big Brother contestant matched her Louboutin shoes with a pair of skinny jeans and a cropped white t-shirt that showed off her bronzed stomach. A flowing silk scarf rounded off the effective seasonal look, with Georgia sensibly letting her clothes and her shoes do the talking by paring the accessories back to a pair of studded earrings and two gold bracelets on her left wrist. However, her obvious taste for the finer things was once more apparent courtesy of the personalised Louis Vuitton bag slung across her right shoulder her initials clearly displayed in bright pink as she passed waiting photographers and made her way inside the 265 room hotel. Before and after: Georgia with her suitcase (left) and stepping out for a spot of retail therapy after a quick costume change Handbags at the ready: Georgia Salpa enjoys a chat with close friend Emily McKeown as they step out in Dublin on Tuesday Following a quick costume change, Georgia and her personalised bag made another appearance when she stepped out for a spot of retail therapy in the Irish city with close pal Emily McKeown. While her hair was still tied in the same loose bun, the model sported an entirely different outfit and shoes as she headed out. The thigh’s the limit! Catherine Zeta-Jones shows off her toned legs in a daring black strappy dress at NYC Red 2 screening This time the costly footwear were replaced with a pair of red strappy platform heels, while the skinnys were scrapped in favour of a pair of equally tight ripped jeans.

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