I’m all about prints this season — from abstract, to geometric, to tribal, to floral — and I love that this top has a floral print but looks like a watercolor painting. I didn’t even realize it as I got dressed, but I suppose wearing Marc by Marc Jacobs today was fitting, as the designer won the lifetime achievement award at the CFDAs yesterday.
Even if you agree with last week’s New York Times Style Section article (Marc Jacobs is a Survivor) about Marc losing steam, you can’t deny that the man still makes clothes that people want to wear. It’s funny how becoming a commercial success affects those in the creative industries: in the beginning, it’s a measure of your legitimacy, but after awhile, it becomes a double-edged sword. Anything too “mainstream” can’t possibly be cool, now can it?
Personally, I adore the man. Sure, he doesn’t feel as exciting as Rag & Bone or Phillip Lim, but it’s a testament to his prowess that even after his shiny new appeal wore off years ago, he’s still garnering excitement. He’s determined, confident and disciplined — executing every collection with a tremendous amount of thought and preparation. And I respect that he’s cleaned up his life, stays in amazing shape and seems to always know what his next move is.
Consider my shirt an unplanned tribute to Mr. Jacobs.