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.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews