Spotlight on: Marc Jacobs
Posted on 08 November 2016
“Fashion isn’t a necessity. It pulls at your heart. It’s a whim.
You don’t need it. You want it.” - Marc Jacobs
Despite being called a pop icon, and credited as reinvigorating the Louis Vuitton brand, Marc Jacobs says his designs are never “hot”. Although the designing legend is known for keeping his designs fresh, there are certain elements that appear in each of his works and it’s this level of continuity that keep shoppers flocking, and fashion-lovers loyal.
It can sometimes seem like a minefield keeping track of different designers and what defines them, and while Marc Jacobs is known for constantly evolving, there are some parts to his aesthetic that never change. Defining Marc’s aesthetic has many people using the term ‘ugly-pretty’ – collections are often focused on layers and proportions with elements of grunge. Strong silhouettes and elements of grunge in his looks make his clothes seem somewhat utilitarian, and even his New York Fashion Week SS16 collection which was bright and sparkly, kept layers heavy, fabrics even heavier and shapes moving the models, not the other way round.
So, who is Marc Jacobs? A man who considers the likes of Sofia Coppola, Elizabeth Peyton, Naomi Campbell as family, Marc rose through the ranks of fashion after starting as a stockboy for a fashion house; serving as the creative director for Louis Vuitton from 1997 – 2014, and forging his path to where he is now, head designer for his own labels, Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Marc’s lasting creative genius is evident – not just in his clothing, but also in the greater fashion landscape that he oversees. Remember the ah-mazing set creations for LV that he was responsible for? Like the 2013 escalators? Or the Louis Vuitton train that actually pulled into a station? The Revoir team doesn’t agree on everything - but we do agree that his sets are some of the most incredible in fashion history.
He also makes even his most aspirational designs accessible through social media, which means even if we can’t afford some of his most creative pieces, we can still worship them. And failing being able to fill our closets with pure Marc gold, some of his most coveted pieces are beautiful leather accessories, and you can shop some beautiful pieces right now on Revoir!