He was turning into the Angela Lansbury (or Susan Lucci) of fashion. But last Monday, perennial CFDA nominee Marc Jacobs took home the prize for Womenswear Designer of the Year. The last time he did so in the category was in 1997 and, before that, in 1992, the year of his notorious grunge collection for Perry Ellis. We decided to turn back the clock even further, to April 12, 1984, when WWD covered Jacobs’ senior fashion show at Parsons The New School for Design (then known as Parsons School of Design).
A retailer’s observation that “Parsons students seem to have greater polish and refinement” was, as the article noted, evidenced by “the assured demeanor of Marc Jacobs,” who won a trifecta of honors that night for his “vibrantly colored sweaters and innovative sportswear”: — Chester Weinberg’s Golden Thimble, Perry Ellis’ Golden Thimble and the Student Designer of the Year awards. “At Parsons, when something works, they make no bones about accepting it,” said Jacobs at the time. “If it’s totally foolish, they say so. The catalogue states emphatically that the school is about SA. One of the most wonderful things said to me there was, ‘Why not bring some of your colors and shapes into a more commercial context?’ It’s much harder to solve that problem and still be creative, wearable and functional. Bust darts in first year had little excitement — but you use the knowledge for something else.”
Also quoted in the story was designer Perry Ellis, who was Jacobs’ senior designer critic. “Ellis says he hires so many Parsons graduates that ‘they’re like an army running around his design room,’” the reporter wrote. Of course, the house of Ellis would go on to famously hire — and fire — the young designer. But that Parsons graduation show would prove more important in providing Jacobs with a long-lasting friend and business partner: A man named Robert Duffy was in the audience.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)