The Man of Honor
“I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect - they are much more interesting.”
- Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacob, highly renowned name in the global fashion industry and the prodigy fashion designer of the 21st century, has always been in the centered spotlight of the world since the very first day of his career pathway. Looking back to his family history, Marc Jacob was born into a non-observant Jewish family in New York City, in 1963. He was then moved to live with his grandmother in the downtown of Manhattan, where he said it was the best change of his life. There was never a “NO” from his grandmother toward what he wanted to do or who he truly wanted to be. Going to the famous arts school Parsons School of Design, Marc Jacobs started to build the first chapter of his infamous fashion career. In a parallel manner and by that moment, the world also started to witness a young fashion prodigy being born, arisen and remained in the amazing spotlight for many years until present.
Indeed, Marc Jacob is a true genius and he possesses an incredible talent. At the age of 21 and in his last year at school, he was honored with the most three notable awards Design Student of the Year, the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award and the Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble Award. Soon later, he became the youngest designer in history who won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent in 1987. And that was far beyond any expectation of anybody. During that time, Marc Jacob was successfully launched his first label Marc Jacobs which mainly focus on high-end designer clothes. The line was quickly become one of the top favorite rising luxury fashion label, chosen by a large number of fashion designers, innovators, fashion editors and others. The unstoppable rising popularity of Marc Jacob led to a “surprising encounter” with Anne Wintour – the most powerful editor in chief of American Vogue. Marc Jacob and Anne Wintour became friends; and amazingly, their friendship has been lasting for almost 2 decades.
Nevertheless, the most fabulous turning point in Marc Jacobs’ career were not about his line that Marc Jacob launched but at the appointment to become the world famous Louis Vuitton’s creative director. At that remarkable career stage, Marc Jacobs became the youngest creative director that had ever worked for this worldwide recognized premium and luxury brand. During Marc Jacob’s empire, the old and traditional image of Louis Vuitton was transformed into a dynamic and versatile image. The value of the brand and the global revenue was expanded triple time compared to its old one.
One of his outstanding achievements was to marry haute couture to prêt-à-porter. Marc Jacobs’s philosophy and interest are always about the beauty of imperfection. Hence, he took the vanity, luxury and exquisite characteristics of haute couture and absorbed them into the ready-to-wear framework. It was a daring move; consider the long existing notable philosophy of haute couture in contrast with the ordinary and convenient philosophy of ready-to-wear. However, to the world’s surprise, it worked extremely well under the magnificent mind and magic hands of Marc Jacobs. Looking back to his Spring 2013 collection (my favorite ready-to-wear collection of Marc Jacobs), he once again made the fashion world shaken up by combining a variety of ready-to-wear and haute couture elements such as the vibration of bold colors, the simplicity of clothing style, the gorgeous and notable Oriental accessories, the chic vibe, the exquisite and well-made materials into a perfect classy, sophisticated, elegant yet exotic outfits.
Since his first debut in the fashion world, Marc Jacob has been considered as a fashion prodigy and an irreplaceable genius that the whole world can’t help but keeping following his footsteps. His remarkable talent that contributed to the world of fashion is exceptional. His designs became inspiring role models for many other designers, fashion editors, fashion photographers and others to study. His influence in the global fashion industry is, no doubt, powerful and dynamic. His hard-working attitude, clever business mindset and incredible energy have put him at one of the top designers in the 21st century. With his enormous contribution and extraordinary talent, Marc Jacob is spectacularly considered as one of the most honorable men in the world. And to me, yes, he really is.