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.
Marc Jacobs Handbags and Purses(Page 2)
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. I can’t blame him; though I am not as much of a movie buff as he is, I’m pretty amped up about this movie as well.
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? Maybe a little of Column A and a little of Column B?
Images via Vogue.com
First and foremost, if you haven’t looked at the full Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 show already, I’d encourage you to head over to Vogue.com and flip through it now; I generally prefer spring fashion week to fall because the clothes are so much more fun, and Jacobs managed to inject a healthy dose of whimsy and wit into his collection via all manner of ridiculousness, most notably outsized fur hats.
Marc Jacobs Cosmic Croc Embossed Leather Tote, $1995 via Net-a-Porter
I’ve been visiting my family in Atlanta for the last week, and because of the relatively temperate weather we’ve been having the South, I’m having a hard time remembering that the intense part of winter has yet to come. I haven’t worn a coat of any kind for seven full days.
I will admit to not fully understanding how the Marc Jacobs website works (People kept saying that they were having a 70% off sale yesterday but everything looked like it was full priced to me? What?), and the fact that Jacobs is using it to sell Olympia Le-Tan Book Clutches is just another thing about it that confuses me. I can’t think of another major high-end brand that sells things that aren’t actually its own products on its website.
To me, the combination of Marc by Marc Jacobs and the brights trend always seemed like a complete no-brainer. In fact, I expected to see an MbMJ collection chock full of neon a full year ago, when the look was just getting started. It’s the kind of thing that appeals so obviously to the Marc demographic that the marrying of the two was only a matter of time.
Marc Jacobs Python Contrast Tote, $3795 via Bergdorf Goodman
Although I wasn’t a huge fan of Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2012 runway bags, his Resort 2012 collection has been on my radar for months. The mid-season line has some of Jacobs’ chicest designs in quite a while, mostly because the bags are without gimmicks. Instead, what you’ll find is clean lines and supple leather in the kinds of color combinations that feel very current.
Images via Vogue.com
Marc Jacobs moved his show from its customary spot in the middle of New York Fashion Week to the very end because of the work days lost thanks to Hurricane Irene, which just made the presentation, always among the most highly anticipated of New York Fashion Week, all the more a special occasion. For some reason, though, the bags in particular left me feeling cold.
If you’re here reading this, odds are that you’ve spent thousands of dollars on handbags and accessories in your lifetime, but how well do you understand what goes into making them? I’m betting that most bag lovers have only a vague idea at best, but wouldn’t it be fun to be able to take a peek behind the curtain?
Thanks to an excellent series of videos of Neiman Marcus’s blog, we can do just that with the famous Marc Jacobs Stam as our guinea pig.