Marc Jacobs has had his work cut out for him this season at New York’s Fashion Week. The openly gay designer had to design, prepare and execute two separate labels. To make the situation even more chaotic, he had to do it all during the now infamous "Nemo" storm that hit the East Coast.
Jacobs has been the creative director of Louis Vuitton since 1997. He also has two of his own brands, Marc Jacobs and his more contemporary line Marc-by-Marc Jacobs.
Jacobs is always coming up with innovative designs, and was named 14th on Out Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women In America.” All eyes were on him this season to see what he brought to Fashion Week.
Nemo left most designers worried that they wouldn’t be able to show their collections. The storm was so dramatic, that Fashion Week was a bit delayed. Jacobs claimed that he wouldn’t be able to show his Marc Jacobs collection on February 11 because the snowstorm had delayed his fabrics and accessories from arriving to New York City through customs.
Jacobs resolved the problem by switching his own position on the season’s calendar. Instead of debuting his Fall 2013 Marc Jacobs collection on the 11th, he opted to show his Marc-by-Marc Jacobs line.
The Marc-by-Marc Jacobs line was reminiscent of the 70’s with a modern twist. Designs such as plaid pea coats, maroon, blue and black silk suites (for men and women), high waist pants, and prints gave off the "groovy" vibe. The models had teased hair and bright red lips, which brought a very classic, yet chic, look down the runway.
Most of the audience and fashion journalist went crazy for the work, and praised the designer over the Marc-by-Marc line. The Marc-by-Marc line is frequently indicative of how successful the Marc Jacobs collection will be.
On February 14, Jacobs showed his second collection, which was also well received by the Fashion Week crowd.
The whole show was praised as a masterpiece, staged in a theater where the runway was a center circle allowing equal views to all audience members.
At the beginning of the runway, there was a circular object that seemed to represent the sun. The music Marc chose was Fredric Sanchez. The whole vibe of the show was very dark, yet pleasing. The models all had their hair done in a Joan-Jett-inspired do. And the make-up was minimal, with just a bit of heavy mascara on the eyes.
The designs themselves were spectacular. There were a lot of somber tones of color, but plenty of sequence and leather. In every show he does, he always manages to insert the Jacobs magic that has made him such a recognizable designer.