Following the reports this morning that Marc Jacobs’ 16 year tenure at the helm of Parisian luxury label Louis Vuitton is set to end, the entire industry – most of whom are still encamped in the French capital – are in a spin. The implications of the changing guard are dominating breakfasts and lunches across Europe right now – will Nicolas Ghesquiere indeed succeed Jacobs? And what does it mean for MJ’s own line?
Marc Jacobs in 2012
While the plot thickens, we thought it would be an opportune moment to take the time to look back at the New York designer’s personal style statements over the past decade and a half. Now, Marc Jacobs is hardly a shrinking violet and his role at LV has provided him with ample opportunity to peacock. Most recently Jacobs has rarely been seen out of his printed silk pyjamas – our favourite?... Probably the prisoner stripes - but there have been plenty of distinctive looks over the years.
MJ’s penchant for skirts – specifically kilts - has seen him though many an event. From Scottish tartans to more sombre and simple, low-slung black kilts, Jacobs has done much to promote the look amongst menfolk. Marc has also worked his fair share of tailoring with beautifully cut suits often paired with an open collared white shirt and as for footwear he's worn everything from white heels to Pilgrim shoes.
There’s no doubt there has been a transformation in Jacobs’ look over his career at Vuitton. Those grungy edges have been smoothed down and Jacobs’ physique has become lean and mean. Early images show a slightly more dishevelled look – think flak jackets and tousled hair. To see the full glossy makeover click through the images above for Marc Jacobs’s most memorable looks.