Ruffles, pastel shades and big, big, big. Last September, Marc Jacobs showed his 2019 Spring-Summer collection at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. The last show in the New York fashion week calendar got off to a late start, but it was definitely worth the wait. The American designer picked up where he had left off the previous winter with oversize shapes, huge frills and glitter, with a side of feathers and tulle. The take is different this season however, as Marc Jacobs focuses on his version of the sixties, two decades earlier than last season that saw him tackle the eighties.
This is a collection of clothes to be worn. Perfect for a big night out, a special occasion or just because you want to. Volume, pastels, oversize details and a retro feel are all key to the look. A collection for those who take the notion of clothes seriously. This collection is made for the femme fatale who knows what she likes, with high-waisted trousers, wide-shouldered jackets and evening clothes for daywear. The feel is girly but serious, imbued with elegance and references to Saint Laurent and Chanel. Fashion Week could not have chosen a better closing show.
The Marc Jacobs Inc. adventure began in 1986. Marc Jacobs launched his first ready-to-wear collection with the help of his friend and business partner Robert Duffy. The American designer demonstrated his talent and quickly became successful. So successful that eleven years later, the LVMH group bought the label. Shortly after, the brand expanded its activities and launched the diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, in 2001. Cosmetics were also part of this expansion. The same year, the American designer launched his first perfume, Marc Jacobs for Women. However, the label really became famous for its perfumes in 2007 with Marc Jacobs Daisy, which was re-edited in several versions the following years. In 2013, Marc Jacobs created Marc Jacobs Beauty, a line of makeup products that quickly became very popular.
Marc Jacobs was born in New York in 1963 and started in fashion at a very young age. When he was only 15, he worked at Charivari, where he met Perry Ellis, who would become an important guide in his career. He studied at the Parsons School of Design and was noticed for his graduation collection, based on grunge sweatshirts. He won a prize and first recognition from his peers for his designs: Charivari produced the pieces and distributed them widely. So when he founded his own company with his friend Robert Duffy in 1986, Marc Jacobs was not at his debuts. Three years later, in 1989, the brand Perry Ellis asked him to supervise their women’s ready-to-wear collections. A mission that the creator accepted until 1992, when he presented a grunge collection, which earned him to be dismissed a few months later. Four years later, the LVMH group invested in his eponymous brand and offered him the Creative Director position at Louis Vuitton. Marc Jacobs stayed for sixteen years and transformed the trunk maker into a trendy ready-to-wear brand. He left Louis Vuitton at the end of 2013 and now spends time in his home in New York.