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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.