I use the term “Mr.” Because this is a designer who I have long had a great sense of admiration for. He has gained the respect of the Fashion Industry and the millions of fans around world with an unapologetic determination to raise as star and as a multitasking designer while ranging as one of the Masters in the design world.
Today Wednesday October 2nd. Mr.Marc Jacobs and Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which has a majority stake in Mr. Jacobs’s company. Announced that Mr. Jacobs is leaving Louis Vuitton after 16 years to concentrate on his own eponymous line.
Mr. Jacobs, 50, confirmed his departure backstage at the Louis Vuitton spring 2014 show in Paris. His notes in the program ended with the words: “For Robert Duffy and Bernard Arnault, All my love, Always.”
Mr. Arnault praised the outgoing designer, saying, “I am very eager to congratulate him and his team for everything they have done for Louis Vuitton.”
The mood at the show was wistful. It was intensely black and had many elements — a carousel, a grand hotel elevator and twin escalators — that had been unforgettable stage sets at previous LV shows.
Fashion insiders commented, “It’s like a funeral,” said Edward Enninful, the fashion and style director of W magazine.
“Marc is absolutely significant to fashion,” said Ken Downing, the fashion director of Neiman Marcus. “But as we have seen at many other houses, designers have taken a hiatus or been replaced by other talents. It has been a Marc moment for many years here, but fashion is an industry of change. It is never the same day any day.”
A jumpsuit with graffiti reading “I Love Paris” was part of the “goodbye” show. “It was an ode to Paris and to all the people I have been involved and work with. Said Mr. Jacobs to Suzzy Menkes of the New York Times.
This city has been so great,” said Mr. Jacobs, who is expected to return to his native New York, where his own company is based.
The Marc Jacobs label has been part of my life through out the years from last minute summer escapades to cape with friends where we only had the clothes on our back and where his store is perfect rescue to the adventurous shopper/traveler to his sexy add campaigns for fragrances which photos I have framed as art and a to go store whenever you want to get that perfect punk but stylish look.
From me to you. Welcome back Mr. Jacobs.