LOVE Marc Jacobs and was so excited to attend the Fall 2014 Marc by Marc Jacobs Collection Preview on Wednesday April 9th. It just so happens that on that day it was also Marc Jacobs birthday! He turned 51 years old and I can’t tell you enough how the excitement was all over the room at the preview.
The colors and prints he used for this collection remind me of comic books and racing stickers, but there was also a hint of rocker chic! You can’t take your eyes off the pop of color he used to accentuate the accessories of collections. Marc by Marc Jacobs collections has also received a very noticeable upgrade to its fabrications. The leathers are more supple and premium in touch making you want to splurge on the entire collection. Please make your way to his stores and online in August when this entire collection will be available for purchase.
“Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier were appointed design director and creative director, respectively, of Marc by Marc Jacobs in the spring of last year, but the duo’s return to the spotlight has been anticipated for far longer than that, and the excitement has been mounting ever since. In fact, fly posters scrawled with their names and circled by a heart have been popping up all over the city in the last week. “We have no idea who’s doing it,” said Bartley before the show. “But it’s nice to feel the love.” She was the secret girl crush of a generation of young women with her eponymous label back in the early naughts along with longtime cohort Hillier, and she wrote the book on cool London style quite literally (her acclaimed guide finally published in the States last fall).” Vogue Magazine
On a winding runway decorated with a Winter-white cutout set, Marc Jacobs presented his Fall 2012 collection. Dakota Fanning was in attendance, as was Kim Gordon, Brad Goreski, and Jared Leto.
Right out the gate — or rather, right down the Rachel Feinstein-designed steps — the looks were eclectic, vaguely Victorian, and dizzyingly detailed. Extra-large Edwardian hats — made in real fur by Steven Jones — topped each ensemble, and nearly every look was injected with some element of sparkle. There were shorn-fur overcoats woven with metallic threads, dresses in shimmering brocades, and square-toed shoes with crystallized buckles. The whole thing was very Willy Wonka-meets-Mad Hatter, or — on second thought — very Charles Dickens on glitter. A stirring rendition of “Who Will Buy?”, from the musical Oliver!, played on the speakers.
If you looked past the theatrics, there were still some lovely pieces here. Cropped pants in jacquard, brocade, and leather were particularly appealing, as were some chunky, crochet-like knits and a series of off-the-shoulder black patchwork dresses. However, coats were the biggest message of all. They came in nearly every possible fabric and colorway, with extra-wide necklines, giant buttons, and silhouettes that puffed out at the hips.
With a detachable polka-dot shearling collar, Marc Jacobs’ tweed coat will instantly inject your cold-weather wardrobe with playful flair. Wear this tactile piece with the matching skirt and leather ankle boots, removing the collar for a smarter work-appropriate look.
Last season for Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs sent his models to the runway in caged elevators complete with uniformed operators to open the doors. Kate Moss closed the show while smoking a cigarette. You might have thought (like I thought), ‘Well, he’ll never top that.” But you’d be wrong.
For Louis Vuitton’s spring 2012 collection, amidst rumors that this will be his last collection for the house before he takes the reins at Dior, Jacobs set his show on a fully operating CAROUSEL! The carousel was covered by a white curtain, so when the show started just before it’s scheduled start time at 10 a.m. and the curtain dropped, so did everyone’s jaws and an audible gasp ran through throughout audience. One by one models hopped off their horses and walked the round runway. Kate Moss, once again, closed the show, looking ethereal in a white sequined feathered broderie anglaise dress.
Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 was the swan song to this season’s New York Fashion Week — and even though the designer’s collection is always one of the most anticipated of the season, this time around the buzz surrounding it felt a bit more frenzied. Maybe it was the Irene-induced time slot switch-around, or the swirling rumours regarding Jacobs possibly leaving Vuitton for Dior — or maybe it was the fact that three hours before the show was to start, the designer canceled all backstage press access. Not a photo texted, not a beauty look revealed. The only pre-show peeps were from the models, who tweeted that it was eerily calm backstage without the usual circus of media.
And so it was that the show started — 30 minutes late, breaking its seasons-long punctuality record. On a wood-planked runway, gold-lamé curtains parted, revealing a theatrical tableau of rainbow-lit models posed on high-backed chairs. One by one, each girl marched down the runway to a Phillip Glass counting and chanting. The look was retro and a bit surreal — prim ’60s with a touch of ’90s space-cowboy thrown in for good measure. Silhouettes stayed straightforward, save for an bubble-ruffle here or a pleated frill there. Necklines were crew, sleeves were cropped, and hemlines hit at the knee. For fabrics, Jacobs played with reflections and transparency, mixing materials that were glittery, shiny, or iridescent with checks and gingham. Reinforcing the intergalactic western vibe were high-heeled cowboy boots in clear vinyl and silver. Loved it all!!
Another image from Helena Bonham Carter’s Jeurgen Teller-shot Marc Jacobs campaign has leaked. The first image from the forthcoming campaign to leak was quirky cute–this one is more quirky ugly. The polka dots from Jacobs’ fall collection seem to have infected the 45-year-old actress–she’s got spots on her face and hands, she’s sticking her tongue out (not in a playful way), and holding her stomach as if she’s ill. If anyone can pull this off it’s HBC. But still, would this image make you buy those clothes? I don’t know about that. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE MARC JACOBS but this ad doesn’t do it justice.
I ABSOLUTLY LOVE MARC JACOBS. CAN SEE MYSELF WEARING ALL THESE LOOKS.
Imagining a city girl headed down to Miami for Art Basel in December, Marc Jacobs served up three different versions of florals — “day floral,” “beach floral,” and “evening floral”; polka dots in many shapes and sizes; and lipstick red looks for her to pack alongside her ubiquitous spectacles. Otherwise notable for the Resort 2012 collection, Jacobs’s switch in his usual approach from separates to full looks.