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Big names turn out for Louis Vuitton anniversary

February 11, 2004
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The name Louis Vuitton has long been synonymous with opulence and glamour, and the design house's 150th anniversary proved no exception. A host of big names, including Naomi Campbell, Iman, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, turned out as the company opened its biggest store to date on New York's Fifth Avenue.

A lavish party was thrown at the retail paradise, which takes over as the company's flagship outlet. Kirsten Dunst and Famke Janssen were also among the revellers who enjoyed a night of partying in the spectacular glass building.

The 1,200 square metre store shows just how far the company has come since it first started selling luggage back in 1854. Of course, the brand has since added a few more strings to its bow, and is now well-known for its exclusive jewellery, leather goods and clothes.

And a number of new items have been designed to commemorate the big day, including a diamond-set tribute to the city of New York and a $200,000 watch. It's a far cry from the leather trunks, starting at $30, which the company's founder once sold through John Wanamaker's shop just a few yards away.

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Naomi Campbell and her fellow catwalk queen Iman were turning heads at the glitzy bash. David Bowie's wife set the flashbulbs blazing with a striking gold and copper-coloured lamé top, while Naomi opted for a more understated white cocktail dressy
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There were some top names from the movie world in attendance too, including Spider-Man star Kirsten Dunst. The actress has just finished work on tennis movie Wimbledon opposite British actor Paul Bettany