Marc Jacobs Surplus Plus Alligator Bags

Runway shows are only half the story; you don’t get the full picture of what a designer has planned for a season until the lookbooks and price lists come out, and thanks to Moda Operandi, a lot more of that information is now made public in a timely manner than ever before.

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Marc Jacobs is not a man of opaque themes; he’s preternaturally talented when it comes to a lot of things, and among them is letting his spectators, fans and clients know what he’s thinking during his seasonal shows. For Spring 2015, Jacobs clearly had his mind on the military, and the show contained the dusty olives and khakis that go right along with that, down to the bags.

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If it felt to you as though Marc by Marc Jacobs handbags had become a bit stale over the past few years, you weren’t alone; Marc Jacobs felt the same way. In advance of his company’s much-rumored future IPO, Jacobs brought in Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley to breathe new life into the once-powerful contemporary brand, and we now know more about the duo’s first line of bags for the brand.

Marc Jacobs Medium Incognito Bag

While Marc Jacobs was practically printing money at Louis Vuitton, things at his own line, especially his handbag line, got a little bit…stale. After the brand enjoyed huge success with its hit Stam Bag in the mid-2000s, little in the way of a true hit materialized to take the brand into the post-It Bag era.

Marc Jacobs Leather Duffel

When Marc Jacobs stepped down for his spot atop Louis Vuitton in October 2013, it confirmed rumors that had been swirling for months; not only was Jacobs’ 16-year reign at the top of the world’s biggest luxury leather goods brand over, but it was ending so that Jacobs could expand his eponymous brand, perhaps in advance of an IPO.

Christina Ricci Marc Jacobs The 1984 Satchel

Christina Ricci recently greeted fans outside the Jimmy Kimmel Live studios while carrying a sleek, black Marc Jacobs The 1984 Satchel. Christina is a huge friend/fan of Marc, and seems to carry his bags almost exclusively. For your information: “The 1984″ is a tribute to the year Marc’s collection originally debuted.

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Now that Marc Jacobs has said goodbye to his sixteen year career at Louis Vuitton in order to focus on his eponymous line, it’s exciting to see just what Marc Jacobs has up his creative sleeve for his own brand. With someone who has as much of an intuitive gift for fashion as Jacobs does, who knows what to anticipate.

Marc Jacobs Stam Bag

We’ve got some sad news for those of you who remember the mid-2000s It Bag heyday fondly: the Marc Jacobs Stam Bag, which has been produced continually since it first debuted in 2005, is going the way of the dodo bird.

Marc Jacobs Louis Vuitton

Wednesday’s news that Marc Jacobs would make his Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 show his last as the creative leader of the brand was a lot of things, but it wasn’t exactly surprising. Rumors had been swirling for months that talks to extend Jacobs’ 16-year tenure at the brand weren’t going anywhere, and in the days before the show, news outlets like Women’s Wear Daily reported that the decision had been made that Jacobs would leave to focus on expanding his own brand, in which LVMH is a major investor.

Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 (14)

Marc Jacobs is pretty good at subverting expectations, but he might have outdone himself with the Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 show. He lead everyone into a cavernous (and sweltering) beach scene, and then instead of showing the deconstructed swimwear the scene seemed to imply, we got tapestry, tassels and high-neck lace dresses.