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The exquisite Eva Green in Marc Jacobs Fall '16 ➰ Photo by Mert & Marcus for +W magazine 

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"KEIJI, Sound

Keiji Haino is known for his use of the Japanese concept of Ma, which is typically translated as pause or space. Keiji’s music came to my attention a week before our Fall 2016 fashion show through a friend who was sharing with me about different meditative music and alternative “sound.” The music selection for each show is as important as the set, the clothes and the models. It’s an integral part of creating the intended experience, expression and point of view of a collection. After hearing one of Keiji’s musical pieces, which felt hypnotically simple, strange and oddly appropriate, Katie Grand, Steve Mackey and I became hypnotized by the methodic bells and cymbals and their lasting shadows and impressions. We further stripped down the idea of the set so the clothes and shadows were all that was seen and Keiji’s chilling composition juxtaposed with the heavy hammer of the boots was all that was heard leaving behind, “the haunted spaces between the notes.” Keiji’s music is incredibly transcendent and meditative while also extraordinarily unique. There is a level of dedication and emotion that is ever present in his work that I greatly admire. The discipline of his craft and the intelligence in his approach is unparalleled.
I am so greatly honored to share this photograph by David Sims for our Fall ’16 ad campaign that so powerfully captures the enigma-like qualities of the other worldly, Keiji Haino." -Marc Jacobs

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Goth Goddess Kendall Jenner behind-the-scenes on our Marc Jacobs Fall '16 ad campaign shoot

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"KENDALL, Supermodel

I will always remember the first time I met Kendall during castings for our Fall 2014 fashion show. Katie Grand invited her to come by the studio for a brief introduction before she was photographed for the model boards. At the time, I knew very little about Kendall…
As history now has it, her very first fashion show was for Marc Jacobs Fall 2014. Kendall has since been a part of every show along with being featured in our Spring ’15 ad campaign (also shot by David Sims). It goes without saying that Kendall has gone on to establish an incredible career for herself and every bit of it is a testament to her hard work, passion and desire.
During castings for Fall ’16, due to the enormous height of the boots we designed, we had to make certain that each girl was able to walk (and walk safely). Kendall slid those boots on and walked around the studio as if she was in a pair of running shoes: statuesque, confident and just as enthusiastic and excited to be doing the show as if it was her first one.

For me, it is the ability of a model to effortlessly transform into a look and character that makes her so appealing and inspiring.
Photographed by David Sims for our Fall ’16 ad as a Goth Goddess is the sweet, kind and ultimate professional, Kendall Jenner." -Marc Jacobs

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"JUNO, Family

Many, many years ago my dear friend Paul Fortune would often tell me about his then 10 year old Goddaughter, Juno Temple. Thereafter, every 6 months or so he would request a pair of our most outrageous or tallest platform shoes to gift his Goddaughter as she would not wear any other shoes but ours to school. A decade ago while Paul and I were having tea at Claridges in London, he presented me with some of her design sketches (and they were good!) as it was her dream, at that time, to come work with me. Fast-forwarding to this past January I was invited (again by Anna Sui) to the HBO premiere of VINYL in New York City. On my way out of the Ziegfeld Theatre, this larger than life, wildly enthusiastic and incredibly jovial, adorable woman approached me. Not a second before I recognized her as the up-and-coming A&R girl from the series, she exclaimed, "I am Paul's Goddaughter!” It was then when I fell head over high heels in love with Juno. Juno’s soaring spirit, sparkle and effervescent charm is impossible to resist. Her cheeky character is captured perfectly here by David Sims for our Fall 2016 campaign." -Marc Jacobs

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Marc Jacobs with Marilyn Manson behind-the-scenes on our Fall ‘16 campaign shoot 💋

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"SUSAN, Seduction

Like so many teenagers, I spent countless Friday and Saturday nights at midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the 8th Street Playhouse (which is still standing!) and the Festival Theatre on 57th Street (which has long since closed). TRHPS was a coming of age and right of passage. It became an invitation (or excuse) to dress up and express oneself fearlessly. The cult classic made it cool for boys to wear sequins, satin and fishnets. I fell in love with Susan Sarandon’s onscreen portrayal of Janet during her “loss of innocence” scene by way of a crossdressing alien and her giddy, ecstatic rendition of, “touch-a, touch-a, touch me…” There was a subtle rebellious quality that I found in Susan with how she chose to play Janet and perhaps (as I now look back on it) her decision as a young actor to take a role in a film that challenged the notion of gender roles.
In the hyper-stylized, gothic film, The Hunger, Susan’s portrayal as the lesbian love interest of vampire Catherine Deneuve was yet another progressive challenging of normal and a testament to Susan’s artistic exploration of boundaries.

It was in my early days at Perry Ellis when I first had the privilege of meeting Susan. Her intelligence, courage, strength, conviction and ballsiness has always been so admirable to me. There’s an inherent seductive quality in Susan as a woman who always speaks her mind and an artist who takes risks. Her talent as an actress is one of extraordinary range, talent and power.
The stunning Susan Sarandon by David Sims for our Fall ’16 ad campaign." -Marc Jacobs

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"ADWOA & TYG, Duo

Fashion is undoubtedly about outward, external beauty. As the late Bill Cunningham once said, “fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” But in its most pure and honest form, true beauty comes from within.
The kind hearted, soft spoken, upbeat and down to earth Tyg Davison opened our Fall ’16 show. For me, Tyg represents another young woman who brings a certain positive energy to fittings on the late nights and early mornings before a fashion show (paying homage to her namesake, Tigger, from Winnie the Pooh!). It takes a certain desire and willingness to push through the unrelenting hours day after day.
One of the over arching themes behind the fashion in this Fall ’16 ad campaign is the inherent love that exists within each individual portrayed in the world we worked to create. Being able to love and accept oneself is a key to finding genuine love and acceptance for others. Beyond her extraordinary beauty, Adwoa Aboah embodies a certain courage and strength that is beyond her years. By publicly and openly sharing her experience with addiction via @gurlstalk, as a woman, a daughter, a working professional, and a human being, Adwoa is providing a great service to others. Her personal story is one that I strongly identify with having struggled most of my life with my own addictions. I am humbled by her bravery, openness and service.

Adwoa and Tyg by David Sims for Fall ’16." -Marc Jacobs

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"COURTNEY, R(evolution)

With my abundance of respect for Courtney Love’s musical contributions to grunge/rock culture and her status as this sort of, Grunge Goddess, it was her mesmerizing and extraordinarily moving portrayal of Althea in the film, The People vs Larry Flynt that simultaneously broke my heart and won my love.
While I hadn’t yet met Courtney during my time as Creative Director at Perry Ellis, it was her then style that had a great influence on that now infamous “grunge collection” show in 1992.
Courtney and I (and a then 2 or 3 year old Frances Bean) first met at dinner with Anna Sui in 1994 at Bar Six in NYC. I remember being quite taken by her deep, thorough knowledge of and voracious appetite for fashion and music. There has always been a genuine allure about Courtney that I continue to admire. The way she’d scream her lyrics from that gash of a red mouth to the hard rocking, wailing sounds of Hole. She was then and remains now, for me, the ultimate divine mess in a dress. Gone but no where near forgotten is the girl-woman Goddess of Grunge in her too small tattered dresses, the little girl barrette in her messy, scattered hair and beaten up brocade 1960’s evening shoes.
It’s a long distance from the now iconic kinder-whore Courtney photographed by Juergen Teller for I-D magazine in 1994 to the movie star glamour of the powerfully aloof and infinitely present Courtney, photographed here by David Sims for our Fall ’16 campaign." -Marc Jacobs

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"MANSON, Brains and Beauty

Ironically, I met Marilyn Manson on Halloween in Los Angeles shortly after the release of his album, Antichrist Superstar in 1996. It was after meeting him that I started listening to his music- in large part because I was intrigued by his persona and curious about his perverse and incredible intellect.
The Beautiful People and its accompanying music video with all its gorgeous grotesqueries is what sweet dreams are NOT made of… The incredibly powerful and frenetic pace of the video with the attenuated and elongated Manson pulled, disfigured and contorted by means of surgical devices, dental apparatuses and other contraptions is absolutely nightmare inducing and an outrageously captivating attraction of repulsion.
For our Fall 2011 fashion show, there was no better song to send the girls marching down our boudoir comme insane-asylum runway than, The Beautiful People. It was the perfectly twisted companion for that collection which played at a volume that nearly shook the walls down.
In direct contrast to the outward hideous beauty of Manson’s stage persona is his instinctive, inherent intelligence and understanding of what matters. These days more so than ever I am reminded of Manson’s interview in the documentary film, Bowling for Columbine and his response to a question asking what he would say to the kids and Columbine community in the wake of the tragedy that took place in 1999. His response was, “I wouldn’t say a single word to them. I would listen to what they have to say, and that’s what no one did.” Sometimes knowing when to listen is more important than being heard, and in one sentence Manson left a stronger impression on me than his music ever had previously.
Marilyn Manson photographed by David Sims for our Fall 2016 ad campaign." -Marc Jacobs

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Marc Jacobs was born in New York City on April 9, 1963. After graduating from the High School of Art and Design in 1981 he entered Parson’s School of Design. As a design student at Parson’s, Jacobs was the recipient of some of the schools highest honors including Design Student of the Year. In 1984 he met Robert Duffy who is still his business partner today. 

In 1986 Jacobs designed his first collection with the Marc Jacobs label. In 1987, he received the distinct honor of being the youngest designer ever to be awarded the fashion industry’s highest tribute: The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent.

In 1989 Jacobs and Duffy joined Perry Ellis as Vice-President of Women’s Design and President respectively. In 1992, the CFDA once again bestowed Jacobs with a distinct honor: the Women’s Designer of the Year Award for his fabled Grunge Collection. Ironically, months before the CFDA awards were announced, they were fired for that very same collection. 

In the fall of 1993, Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc. launched their own licensing and design company: Marc Jacobs International Company, L.P. 

Jacobs and Duffy joined Louis Vuitton in 1997, Jacobs as Artistic Director and Duffy as Studio Director. They also opened the first Marc Jacobs free standing store on Mercer Street in New York’s Soho district. 

Jacobs introduced the secondary line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, with a spring 2001 runway show. He has gone on to win a record breaking nine CFDA awards including Womenswear Designer of the Year, Accessories Designer of the Year and Menswear designer of the year. And has been nominated well over 20 times. making Marc Jacobs the most nominated designer in the CFDA history. 

The first multi-brand store in the U.S. opened in August 2004 on Boston’s Newbury Street and May 2005 brought the opening of 3 new stores in Los Angeles. The company opened its’ first free-standing European store in Paris at The Palais Royal in January, 2006.

In 2007 the company produced the first collection of Marc by Marc Jacobs eyewear as well as launching a children’s collection called Little Marc Jacobs and releasing a fragrance, called Daisy, in September. 

In January, 2008 a Marc by Marc Jacobs boutique opened in Chicago’s Bucktown and several limited edition fragrances were launched. The fall brought openings in Paris, Madrid, Istanbul and Athens--all with their first Marc by Marc locations. The company has expanded to more than 300 stores worldwide.

The company’s portfolio now includes Marc Jacobs Collection ready-to-wear, Marc by Marc Jacobs womenswear, Men’s Collection ready-to-wear, Marc by Marc Jacobs menswear, Marc by Marc Jacobs swimwear, 2 shoe collections, 2 optical collections, 2 sunglasses collections, 1 collection of watches, 12 fragrances, the children’s collection and the much loved collection of special items done under Jacobs by Marc Jacobs for Marc by Marc Jacobs in collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Marc by Marc Jacobs.

2009 marked the start of a new venture formed with Sumitomo Corp. that meant the start of a new beginning for the Marc Jacobs business in Japan. 

Jacobs and Duffy hosted The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala in May 2009 along with Kate Moss, Justin Timberlake and Anna Wintour. The company also had what many rate the most successful fragrance launch of the year with Lola, a new fragrance for women. 

2010 brings store openings in Chicago and Milan as well as the launch of a new men’s fragrance, Bang. In January 2010 Jacobs was presented the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by France’s Minister of Culture in honor of his significant contribution to the arts and in May he received the CFDA award for Womenswear Designer of the Year. The company launched its e-commerce site in September 2010 and continues to expand its digital presence. 

Jacobs and Duffy continue to run the company and are committed to giving back to the communities where they have stores and beyond. They have been involved with over 75 charities worldwide and the ongoing support of many of these charitable projects—as well as new collaborations--continues to be a top priority.