A year ago, you had to quietly map the Marc Jacobs sale in your head: "Okay, the store merchandise hits at this date, so let's give it six weeks, then call to see about discounts" was the general logic. You could also bribe a salesboy to call you exactly when the sale started or, more easily, befriend a fashion editor or become a fashion editor so you'd get the coveted email from the MJ PR team, telling you to go shopping. We'd be lying if we didn't admit, a little bit, that this is exactly why we went into fashion in the first place. But anyway. Today on Mercer Street, that old system shattered, replaced by something newer: A giant sign that says "70% Off." And a grateful nation thanks you, Marc Jacobs.
Is Marc Jacobs No Longer Cool and Relevant?
Marc Jacobs’ is still one of the most highly anticipated shows of New York Fashion Week. But a New York Times profile of the impending CFDA Lifetime Achievement award recipient painted a bit less rosy picture of the designer’s place in the fashion food chain. First of all, this award is a bit of a double-edged sword. Yes, the industry is acknowledging all your contributions, but it’s also sort of telling you that you’re old and finished. And Marc gets this. He told the NYT’s Ruth La Ferla: “Lifetime Achievement. That seems very final, like I’m done. But I’m not done.” The NYT then goes on to make a case that, yes, it seems like Marc Jacobs may be done. Or at least heading in that direction. The points of contention: