And wait and wait and wait, in the case of Marc Jacobs' fall show. Editors, retailers and Hollywood starlets — A to C list alike — grumbled, sweated and seethed through a 90-minute delay at the designer's presentation Feb. 7. He'd been late before, but this was a whole new level of tardiness. Jacobs then galvanized the crowd by sending out a collection that many considered to be his boldest stroke since the grunge presentation shook up New York's fashion foundation in 1993.
Some heralded Jacobs' study in volume and broody aesthetic as a major directional change for him, and also one sure to send influential ripples throughout the industry. But already irate about the delay, some didn't necessarily buy into that. Undeniably, though, however people reacted to the show — with glee or outrage — they felt passionately so. While Bergdorf Goodman's Robert Burke thought it was a "brilliant" collection, another retailer sniped, "It looked like clothes for ‘The Addams Family.'"
Realizing that some sort of response to the subsequent media maelstrom was due, Jacobs posted an apology of sorts on marcjacobs.com within 48 hours. "The Marc Jacobs spring-summer 2006 collection show will be held Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. Please be advised the show is running approximately 1 1/2 hours late." The company's president, Robert Duffy, further elaborated that they meant no disrespect. "We felt bad and are sorry," he told WWD. "I thought, let's lighten up a little bit."
But still, Jacobs' show sparked a fashion powder keg. Was the show system out of control with celebs edging out industry people for front-row tickets, tardy starts and a congested lineup? Or do editors, buyers and retailers need to just shut up and do their job regardless of the inconvenience? In an interview with WWDThe Magazine, Jacobs stood his ground. "I moan and I complain about the things I don't like to do, too. But I do them," he said. "I can't manipulate the entire calendar just to weasel my way out of things that are responsibilities and obligations."
Nobody was complaining in mid-March, though, when Jacobs threw a major bash to inaugurate a collection boutique and Marc by Marc Jacobs door in Los Angeles, 3,500 square feet and 2,500 square feet, respectively. To herald the occasion, Hollywood's finest mingled with Jacobs' New York chums at the fete, festooned with 600,000 fresh roses. A week later, Jacobs jetted down to Florida to christen a Bal Harbour site. But why stop there? By yearend, a Las Vegas door would be opened, and plans solidified for San Francisco and London stores in 2006.When September's fall fashion week rolled into town, those same people who groused their way through the spring show held their collective breath, waiting to see if there would be a repeat in both wait time and design impact. Jacobs seemed to gamble against himself, as if saying: "I'll see my amazing fashion show, and raise myself one with the Penn State marching band."
To boot, he pushed the show from 9 p.m. to 8 p.m., a time slot that he stuck to — more or less. (Starting at 8.30 p.m., his was one of the most on-time shows of the week.) It was a thoroughly de-prissed, structured take on American chic, furthering spring's volume and somber motif and throwing in a little of his favorite muse: the school girl gone bad. She and Jacobs make a great pair — they'll always do things their way.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)