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One of the designers I particularly like to follow for his collections and new collaborations is Marc Jacobs. He has conquered the world of clothing and accessories and even has Lifetime Achievement Award from the CDFA to prove it. This year, Marc Jacobs celebrates 15 years with Louis Vuitton, contributing to the 143 years of brand history. Another reason for him to celebrate in the upcoming months is a new makeup line with the cosmetic powerhouse Sephora. Jacobs met with the company for the first time last week and said, “I see makeup, fragrance — everything really — as an opportunity. The idea of choosing a color for your lip, or an eyeliner — it’s just such a delight.” He later mentioned how him and his team are refining what the cosmetic line will entail. In a recent interview for his new fragrance, Dot, he explains his passion behind the new line. “Anything to me that is part of the joy, the ritual, of getting dressed — things for me — things that women enjoy like bags, shoes, fragrance, clothes, makeup — that’s what fashion’s about for me. I love the opportunity, wherever there is one, to adorn, to decorate, to scent, to dress. That’s what fashion’s all about. It’s not necessary, it’s something you want — it’s a fancy and a whim.”
Honestly, I am not too surprised that Mr. J will have a new line with Sephora, because he is not only a talented designer, but is also a smart businessman. The line doesn’t have an expected launch date, so stay tuned! Another controversy surrounding Marc Jacobs and the fashion industry is the attempt to not allow models under 16 to walk the runways and restrict those under 18 from working past midnight. The CDFA pushed the guideline in the seasonal letter, but like most of the modeling industry, it was voluntary. According to model Hailey Hasbrook, who worked over 30 (unpaid) hours for Jacobs during New York Fashion Week, the designer violated these guidelines. During this NYFW, she walked for Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Theyskens’ Theory, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Lacoste, Victoria by Victoria Beckham and Houghton. In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily she said, “One night I did looks for Marc Jacobs from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and then the next day I was there until 4:30 in the morning. And I had Theyskens’ Theory the next morning with an 8 a.m. call time.” Marc Jacobs is among many designers who don’t pay their models, even the look models who try on clothes and are measured for hours on end. Jacobs pays his models in a trade for clothing or accessories. Hasbrook said, “But for some things, like all of the Marc Jacobs stuff I did, I got trade, not cash.”
The modeling industry has seen better days back when Giselle and Naomi were paid for their work, occasionally eating burgers without feeling too bad and made successful careers out of modeling. When do guidelines turn into laws and stricter regulations set on designers and modeling agencies? I support young, 16 year-old models, because they are enjoying what they do. Many young models make names for themselves, such as Doutzen, Chanel Iman and Karlie Kloss. Anyway, what do you guys think should happen when designers are making millions of dollars and can’t even pay their models the proper wages? I’d love to hear your views!