Is Marc Jacobs leaving Louis Vuitton?

Unless you became a Louis Vuitton collector literally decades ago, you probably can’t imagine the brand without Marc Jacobs, Vuitton’s creative director of 16 years, who revolutionized the brand’s handbag business, started an industry-wide trend of artist collaborations and positioned the company firmly at the nexus of fashion and pop culture.

Winona Ryder carries a black Marc Jacobs Antonia Satchel in New York City (5)

Here’s the virtually ageless Winona Ryder, carrying a sleek, black Marc Jacobs Antonia Satchel around Manhattan. She and Marc are real-life pals; she did an ad campaign for his brand back in 2003, and they once shared a spread in Harper’s Bazaar.

Marc Jacobs Handbags Fall 2013 (2)

Marc Jacobs isn’t as widely revered for his handbags as he used to be (although it’s a different story with his work for Louis Vuitton), but the accessories that liberally dot his runway show every season are still just as influential within the industry as everything else the models are wearing.

Marc Jacobs The 1984 Satchel

Although we all remember the Stam bag fondly, it’s been a little since Marc Jacobs has had a huge handbag hit. (At his eponymous line, anyway – his accessories prowess is on impressive display every season for Louis Vuitton.) I’ve liked much of what Jacobs has produced over the past couple of years, but not all of it has translated into brisk bag sales, which generally means it’s time to look in a new aesthetic direction.

Marc Jacobs Pre-Fall 2013

Yes, yes, I know. Pre-Fall 2013. That’s totally ridiculous, especially when you consider that according to the calendar, it’s technically still Fall 2012. Fashion slows for no woman, though, and we thought that the bags from Marc Jacobs Pre-Fall 2013 were definitely worth seeing, especially before the collection’s Moda Operandi pre-sale ends tonight, December 4, at 11 p.m.

Selma Blair Marc Jacobs Antonia

Oh, Selma Blair – it’s hard to keep a low profile when you’re rocking a neon red Marc Jacobs Antonia Satchel. Selma looks especially snuggly in that chunky, oversized cardigan, but her outfit says “I’m desperately trying to blend in to the sidewalk”, while the bag practically screams “Hey, it’s me, Selma Blair!

Marc by Marc Jacobs Thunderdome Travel Doctor Bag

The hottest color for fall is burgundy, and it looks like every designer has made sure to include the color in their accessories for the season. We talk often about Marc Jacobs, but I feel like when it comes to Marc by Marc Jacobs I am always covering the same bags.

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 Handbags (3)

Let’s be honest: It’s been a while since Marc Jacobs had a huge hit handbag. The brand continues to put on the show of New York Fashion Week, and Jacobs’ influence the course of trends and the fashion industry as a whole cannot be understated, but when it comes to Jacobs-helmed brands, both Louis Vuitton and Marc by Marc Jacobs have done a better job of making handbags fly off the shelves over the past few years.

Hailee Steinfeld Marc Jacobs Clutch

Vlad has been so antsy over the looming premiere of The Dark Knight Rises that if it weren’t for the fact that we’ve been out of town, I wouldn’t be surprised if Vlad set up a tent and camped out waiting for the premiere.

Marc Jacobs Resort 2013 Handbags (17)

I’m not sure why, but I always love Marc Jacobs’ resort accessories the best. Maybe because they’re less conceptual and theme-heavy than those from the spring and fall runway shows, making them more closet-friendly to the average customer? Maybe because the cheery, playful feeling of early spring fits well with Jacobs’ signature whimsy?