Marc Jacobs is one of the most "directional" trend setters out there but a very well informed tipster wrote in to show us that even king Marc gets inspired, very inspired, by his peers.
The Anna Sui dress is from the designer's first ever collection-Spring 1992--and was spotted when our tipster bought an Anna Sui book at a used bookstore. "Granted it was 20 years ago, but doesn't her dress look exactly like Marc Jacobs Fall 2007 Snow Blossom dress?," asks our tipster. "I'm floored." Jacobs was well on his way to becoming an established designer when Sui's dress was created--1992 was the year that he was named the CFDA's Womenswear Designer of the Year for his work at Perry Ellis. Several months later, he designed a grunge-inspired collection that resulted in his expulsion from Perry Ellis and the subsequent founding of his own namesake brand.
It's very likely that Marc Jacobs saw Anna Sui's Spring 1992 collection--it's a small world, this New York fashion scene. So what do you think: Are the similarities between the two dresses pure coincidence (considering the Marc by Marc dress hit the runway 15 years later), or something a little bit more than that?