Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ode to a Marc Jacobs

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The day has finally arrived for me to write a dedicatory blog post to the one, the only, Marc Jacobs. Several months ago, I wrote about the incredible Karl Lagerfeld (see post here), the controversial monster of the fashion industry. Today, I present you with an ode to Marc, the man we're all dying to meet, who doesn't mind encountering a bit of controversy himself. As the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection just hit the runway a little over an hour ago, this post could not be any more a propos. So let's all raise an imaginary glass (or a real one. Whatever tickles your fancy) to the creative genius we would all love to have at one of our trendy dinner parties.

Thou still ravishing king of mystique
Thou foster-child of BEAUTY and timelessness
Fashion designer, who canst thus express
A flowery tale more sweetly than your designs:
What Louis Vuitton legend haunts about thy name
Of fashionistas or mortals, or of both,
In New York or the streets of Paris?
What men and women are these? What no one loth?
What mad pursuit? What struggle to succeed?
What combat boots and leather? What wild ecstasy?

(adapted from Keat's "Ode to a Grecian Urn")

From wearing boxers under a transparent black lace evening gown to collaborating with Miley Cyrus in his new ad campaigns, it's safe to say that Marc does not shy away from media attention. After leaving Louis Vuitton last season, much to everyone's dismay, and passing on the torch to Nicholas Guesquiere, Marc has decided to focus on his own label, leaving us all in eager anticipation for the grand finale of New York Fashion Week. Known for being fashionably late and presenting extravagant shows with mind-blowing sets, it is no wonder he's always the last one on the fashion week schedule. Though he blew us all away throughout his 16 year tenure at LV with carousels, the hogwarts express (as I like to call it), and escalators featuring asymmetrical twins, it only raised our expectations to insurmountable levels. Not only is Marc a legend of fashion, but he also turned 50 this year, making him one of the best looking middle-aged men I have ever seen who couldn't look any less his age. There is nothing this man can't juggle and he doesn't seem to have a stop button. As he says goodbye to Louis Vuitton, we may suppose he's taking a break from his jam-packed career, but based on this man's history, he'll have another surprise in store for us before you can say "Marc by Marc".


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