Late fashion designer and artist Stephen Sprouse is back in fashion news. A retrospective of his graffiti prints and neon aesthetic called "Rock on Mars" will be shown at Deitch Projects'
18 Wooster Street gallery in New York City from Jan. 8 to Feb. 28 and a new book "The Stephen Sprouse Book,
" by Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha is due out from Rizzoli New York at the start of 2009. WWD reveals that Marc Jacobs
, who collaborated with Sprouse on a line for Louis Vuitton in 2001 (Sprouse died in 2004), is creating a new, limited edition collection of accessories and ready-to-wear. And once again, Jacobs took the chance to show off his gym-fit body, posing only with only a bag covering his nether region and Sprouse-style graffiti adorning his skin in a shoot for Harper's Bazaar shot by Terry Richardson.
Jacobs has taken two Sprouse motifs the graffiti lettering and the rose and put them over the classic Vuitton Monogram print on Vuitton's Keepall, Speedy and Neverfull bag styles as well as sneakers shoes and other accessories. The clothing includes a mackintosh raincoat with a graffiti and monogram lining, eggings and a long-sleeve neon minidress. Vuitton will also launch a website, welovesprouse.com later this month which will include interviews with people who knew Sprouse.