The Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2014 collection has a bit of a '50s rockabilly vibe, so why was it not surprising that a model wearing a loose black shirt emblazoned with stars, white tuxedo pants, and a guitar-pick necklace was named Elvis?
It's just one of the quirky features that designer Marc Jacobs slipped into his show held in a dark un-air-conditioned building near the Hudson River in New York on one of the year's hottest days. (As wealthy as Jacobs is, you'd think he'd have a contingency plan to furnish some big fans, but the young audience sweated through a 30-minute wait for the show to start with minimal complaints.)
A big flagship Marc by Marc Jacobs store on Fifth Avenue is planned to open next year and I'm betting it's only a matter of time before he opens boutiques in Texas.
With 200 stores in more than 80 countries, the Marc by Marc Jacobs line aimed at stylish young adults is the cash cow that drives the designer's burgeoning empire. A big flagship store on Fifth Avenue is planned to open next year, and I'm betting it's only a matter of time before he opens boutiques in Texas.
It's easy to see why his clothes have such appeal for image-conscious teens and young adults who don't want to look like they are trying too hard. For spring, Jacobs is in a party mood, with lots of too-cool satin tuxedo coats with contrasting lapels for guys; for girls, there are dresses, rompers and jumpsuits with Ziggy Stardust cutouts — all shown with sneakers, in high-top and low-top versions — for a hipster look.
The collection also features girl's tops, pants and dresses in a scalloped pattern Jacobs calls "radio waves"; peach-and-red satin trackster-like shorts and jackets; and a bomber jacket emblazoned with the "MJ" logo in various forms that fans are sure to crave.
Although the collection is aimed at both sexes, the menswear looks are the big standouts, particularly the rockabilly shirts in dark colors with contrasting patterns that any aspiring singer would love.