I am certainly not the first to mention the new Louis Vuitton Core Values ad featuring Annie Liebovitz and Mikhail Baryshnikov that first started running in magazines in February. I admit it…I’m kind of obsessed with it.
Of course there is the composition of the photo, a certain simplicity and rawness in the way the two figures relate to one another. Liebovitz and Baryshnikov are such icons and apparently great friends. I think that does come across in the piece.
Mostly I can’t stop staring at the figure that is Mikhail Baryshnikov…the feet drew me in. Such a well-worn and famed instrument. I could really sit and contemplate his feet for a long time. His body is amazing…still so strong, graceful, and youthful. It is hard to believe the man is 62!
I’ve had a sweet spot for Baryshnikov for some time…a ballerina as a kid you could say I adored him. I tore out photos of him from magazines even then, wore his signature fragrance for women – Misha ( his nickname), and also named my beloved shar-pei after him when I was 14 (also Misha).
Though he’s been off my radar for a bit it is amazing how my feelings of awe and admiration come racing back at first glance of this photo…Enjoy!