Controversy, it seems, comes naturally to Marc Jacobs. From his thought-provoking collections to last season’s late, late start—now the stuff of industry legend—consciously or subconsciously, he’s bound to spice up the circuit. This time around, things took a stranger turn, as his company, Marc Jacobs International, found itself at the center of an actual criminal investigation. Fashion tongues were set wagging due to a bribery scandal involving the 69th Regiment Armory, Jacobs’ regular show space for several years. Through its public relations firm, the company allegedly paid off the Armory’s former superintendent, James Jackson, a public employee, to secure the site. Jackson was indicted on charges of soliciting more than $30,000 since 2000 to allow the designer to use the space.
The story broke smack in the middle of fashion week, and all the major New York newspapers splashed it across their pages, but the jaded fashion community took the news in stride. “All [Jackson] was trying to do was wet his beak,” said industry veteran Paul Wilmot, owner of Paul Wilmot Communications. “He got a [Bowflex] exercise machine, not even a car. I’m happy the attorney general has unearthed this guy, but it’s pretty small potatoes.”
The controversy was all but forgotten when Jacobs closed fashion week with yet another stellar collection, accompanied by live music from Sonic Youth, and celebrity guests such as Victoria Beckham, Selma Blair and Gretchen Mol.
As for his paltry 15-minute delay, it was Jacobs who did the chastising this time, having almost been “murdered” by one flabbergasted critic after last season’s two-hour delay. “Get into your seat, Victoria,” he boomed at Mrs. Beckham with a push, urging her and other front-rowers to take their places. (As for the clothes themselves, they were a sophisticated take on sportswear with novel plays on volume. Jacobs described them as “calm, but with a bit of perversity. It’s hard-core soft core.”)
In Paris, for Louis Vuitton, still mindful of the clock, he emerged from backstage and bellowed at no one in particular that he wanted to start his show—but the message didn’t quite make it to front-row centerpiece Ziyi Zhang. The Chinese glamazon came scooting down to her seat like a cowering mouse just as the first model came pounding down the runway.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty