Marc Jacobs announced a beauty line earlier this year and the reaction was pretty massive. As a teaser, the press release included photos of of the packaging design. I was in love already. The design was so compelling. Black and silver dominated the packaging that played with long lines and curves. The design was simple but managed to capture a distinct, expensive look of its own. It didn’t matter what the product was like I would be buying some nail polish and mascara.
So fast forward to September and the collection is in Sephora stores. I’m on a mission to buy the Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer by Marc Jacobs Beauty. I spend an agonizing time figuring out which colours to buy. The selection of colours isn’t large and there are only 24 shades but man, they are gorgeous. I selected an army green called Nirvana and a metallic red called Desire Wine. Everyone asks me about the brush and if it was difficult to use. Thankfully, the rounded lid on the Nail Lacquer is just a cap. You pop it off and a regular brush is underneath, like Chanel or YSL bottles.
Marc Jacobs Beauty nail Lacquer gets thumbs up from me. It’s really, really good. The colours are very saturated and opaque. The formula is easy to work with and not too thick. The Lacquer dries flat like glass (similar to my favourite Chanel) and has the shiniest finish. It claims to have the shine of 30 coats. I can’t say that number is right but I couldn’t stop looking at my nails for days. I wore the lacquer for 5 days with minimal wear on the tips before I got bored and needed to change it up. I used three coats for my application because I’ve become a three coat junkie. You could get away with two coats no problem though.
Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer by Marc Jacobs Beauty is $22 and available at Sephora in Canada.
The Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2013 – 2014 runway show was incredible. Marc Jacobs and team create a perfectly cohesive intimates as daywear collection and presented the collection in the perfect setting, a hotel. A number of doors lined the edges of the circular runway and a group of models would walk out of the doors and proceed around the runway. The finale group included Kate Moss and my personal favourite Mariacarla Boscono. The video of the collection must be seen. I love the giant corporate giants and their huge show budgets when they put on shows like this. Marc Jacobs, still love this man.
This collection is takes the whole pajama dressing style to the next level. I’m not normally a slip dress lover but the velvet, lace and embroidery is just to beautiful to resist.
Marc Jacobs and I are getting along very well this year. I loved his striped extravaganza that was the Spring Summer 2013 collection. The Fall Winter 2013 – 2014 Marc Jacobs fashion show was epic. In the middle of a circular runway was a giant glowing orb hanging. It was like a Red Giant star and models walking around where the planets. Marc is really into the Pajama dressing this season at Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. He’s the type of designer that can convert my indifferent feelings into interest.
I found the Marc Jacob & Louis Vuitton documentary on Youtube. It seems to be missing the last little bit of the documentary but the quality is not bad. However it is only partially dubbed. There are no subtitles either. There is a lot of conversation in French that isn’t translated which is a bit of a shame. I will have to grab the DVD because it’s quite a fascinating movie.
From Japan to America, the LV sign dominates the fashion scene. And, one man alone designs the Louis Vuitton creationsâ€”the exceptional Marc Jacobs. With unprecedented access to one of the world’s hottest and busiest designers, LoÃ¯c Prigent offers an intimate and revealing portrait of the reclusive Marc Jacobs and the world of haute couture. Whether in the offices and workrooms of Paris and New York, the back of his car, or backstage at a fashion show, we see a genius at work. Jacobs endures unimaginable pressure to chart new paths in fashion as he straddles the demands of the Louis Vuitton conglomerate and his own Marc Jacobs label.(source)
I found this vintage Marc Jacobs documentary though someone I follow on twitter named Erich Ben. He has a great collection of YouTube fashion videos. The documentary starts from the beginning of Marc Jacobs’ career and stops at the beginning of his early Louis Vuitton days. Marc is so young in these videos. It’s interesting to compare this early Marc Jacobs to the current one. Do you guys remember some classic Marc Jacobs styles? The pony tail and headband are here for the viewing.
I don’t post about collections I don’t like until today.Â I’m just amazed that this is Louis Vuitton! It’s so bad. The shoes are an abomination.Â Marc is 3 strikes for me this season and I’m very upset about that.
I wasn’t a fan of Marc Jacobs this year. He redeemed himself with Louis Vuitton. I’m so happy my girl Rose (pictured above) got to walk the show. Yes, Marc. Like the John Galliano show, I have video so I’m not going to bore you with photos. You need to see this stuff in motion. However you can see photos of the full Louis Vuitton Fall 2009 RTW collection at Nymag.com.
I didn’t care much for Marc’s ode to the 80s this season. I do appreciate that Marc has the funds to do a pure fashion collection and not care about sales. That’s what leather goods and accessories are for.
Madonna gets my approval. I was a little worried about this ad campagn. I loved the fall winter 2009 collection from Louis Vuitton and I didn’t want Madonna ruining that. I hope you people remember her Versace ads. Horrible. She seems to pull it off in these images.
The result is six atmospheric pictures of a smoldering Madonna by Steven Meisel that will break in a range of fashion magazines in February.
Sometimes readers ask me questions. If they are of value to all my readers I post them online. If you have a question, please feel free to submit it using the contact form. I’ll definitely do my best to answer it.
I want – I got reader Annie wrote:
I’m desperately looking for the Marc by Marc Jacobs Grovee Dr. Q purse in the brown colour. My friend’s birthday is this weekend and she’s been yearning for it. Do you know of any other store in Toronto aside from Holt who sells Marc by Marc?
I hope you don’t mind me sharing your question Annie! Holt Renfrew sells Marc by Marc handbags along with the Marc Jacobs line and Bloor Street is your best bet for selection. Holt Renfrew also carries Marc by Marc Jacobs womenswear, footwear, watches and jewellery. I did some searching on the net and found out that David’s Footwear also sells Marc by Marc handbags and shoes. I believe those are the 2 major players in Toronto.
If there are more out there dear reader, please leave a comment.
EDIT (March 10, 2010): I’ve decided to change the title of this post so it’s a little more broad in terms of Marc by Marc Jacobs merchandise.
I read an interesting article on the expansion of the Marc Jacobs empire, a lower priced line. In the article, Marc Jacobs for the Masses, Robert Duffy, Marc’s business partner, describes it “as an alternative to the mass-market promotional tool of designer and high-street collaborations, the line would be an inexpensive offering aimed at enhancing brand recognition.”
I wonder about this, will this work or backfire? It will be very profitable in the short term, but how long will that last? Will it ruin Marc’s street cred? 🙂 Would they try to take on H&M? Could they take on H&M? So many questions. What do you people think?
I wrote about wanting this Marc Jacobs cape in the fall. I happened to see a few of them at Holt Renfrew yesterday on sale. It looks like they didn’t sell to well because there were few left over. They even had one in my size, sigh. It was still not cheap enough for me to buy it.
I’m not a Marc Jacobs fan to be honest. Some of the LV monstrosities are just too much for me. So much so, that I don’t even get around to looking at his other endeavors. I didn’t like his Fall 2007 LV show much when I saw it on style.com.
This picture from the spring show doesn’t do anything for me. I write it off as more over-sized shapeless blah. It’s weird though, I saw this Marc by Marc Jacobs cape in person recently and it gives off a totally different vibe. I loved it. Holt Renfrew has it on a third floor mannequin and it looks fantastic. It even looks good on the hanger.
I’m into the cape this fall. I might even break out the vintage one I bought years ago but never use. I call it my Sherlock Holmes jacket because it reminds me of something he would wear. It’s nice that it’s in style now.
I didn’t like the Marc Jacobs Fall 2006 collection too much and Spring Summer 2007 is just a pleatedawfulmess.