What’s Up With Marc Jacobs?

by Phebe Meyers, Contributing Writer

What a dichotomy. The difference in vision between Marc by Marc Jacobs and the designers eponymous label has never been vaster. From futuristic clean cut lines, to race car inspired-wear Jacobs has been all over the place this season.

When Marc Jacobs left his 16 year tenure at Louis Vuitton to focus on his namesake line expectations were high. For his personal label, it was such a departure from Jacobs normal out of the box wacky that it was overwhelming fresh and clean.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear

Yet the difference between Jacobs sister label, Marc by Marc Jacobs (now mbmj), displayed the true range of Jacob’s inspiration. Jacobs has given over the reigns at his sister label and it will now be designed by Luella Bartlet and Katie Killier. The duo’s first collection had an almost race car driver like inspiration. The label had a pointed vision but it was completely unwearable for anything other than costume parties. Bright plaids played off of Marc Jacobs’ grunge roots, yet they were done in an over-thought way. The most unsuccessful look of the show was a horrible black tutu-ed skirt with a leather jacket and striped sleeves. It seemed like something goth kids would wear for Halloween. Though, not to be entirely negative the creativity and risk taking that was exhibited is something to look for in coming seasons.

Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear
Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear

As for Jacobs’ personal label, the collection was a far departure from a designer who is known for being over the top. Pastel colors and flowing organza ruffles exuded a toned down appeal, but the collection made no less of a statement than Jacobs’ usual show-stopping, outrageous looks. Each look was luxurious with different sequins or furs, and the overall styling was slightly futuristic with blunt haircuts and thick headbands. With his departure from Louis Vuitton and his sister label, Jacobs is clearly looking toward the future, and what an exciting future it looks to be.

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