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Why We Consider Marc Jacobs the Clever Chameleon of Designers

Sep 9 2014 - 4:30am

Looking back at Marc Jacobs [1]'s catwalk shows, it's not hard to see how much he enjoys taking risks and changing things up. No two collections are ever the same — and whether it's through the use of exaggerated layers, futuristic shapes, nostalgic undertones, or feminine silhouettes, he always delivers an array of fresh, covetable pieces.

We can trace Marc's chameleon tendencies with just a glance at his two-plus decades' worth of design, high-profile accolades, and side projects (read: Louis Vuitton). It's a wonder this man ever sleeps. Click through to see some of his most memorable looks and why there's no stopping this designer.

— Additional reporting by Randy Miller

Fall 2014

Airy, cloud-like floral appliqués mimicked the heavenly setting of the designer's show.

Fall 2014

Pastel ombré embraced the airy effect of Marc's plush fur outerwear.

Fall 2014

The collection also sparkled with an exuberance that could only come with head-to-toe crystals.

Spring 2014

The gowns embraced the theme of excess, with rich floral motifs enhancing the eveningwear.

Spring 2014

The name of the game was overembellishment, and tassels, epaulettes, and embroidery adorned the layered designs.

Spring 2014

Models stomped down a wasteland-inspired runway littered with cigarette butts and shards.

Fall 2013

In one of the collection's most iconic looks, clothing was barely the highlight when model Lily McMenamy stomped the runway topless.

Fall 2013

Iridescent sheen took the daywear shirtdress to night.

Fall 2013

The slinky lingerie-inspired collection paired sultry metallic lamé with miles of fur.

Spring 2013

Short shorts featured in the Spring '13 runway.

Spring 2013

Marc Jacobs [2] showed a modern take on the skirtsuit.

Spring 2013

Big, bold stripes dominated the Spring '13 show.

Fall 2012

Rich jewel shades and intricate details lit up the runway.

Fall 2012

Elaborate hats by milliner Stephen Jones echoed the fanciful essence of the Autumn collection.

Spring 2012

We love this ladylike look with a sexy twist.

Spring 2012

Sheer gingham paired with slick leather skirts created a hardened Western vibe.

Spring 2012

Are you a fan of the PVC-infused cowgirl booties?

Spring 2012

Marc Jacobs [3] focused on silver metallic pieces for Spring '12.

Spring 2012

While at first glance an ultraretro look, we like how Marc updated the girlie set with superembellished fabrics and metallic accents.

Spring 2012

Tiered cellophane pencil skirts made a strong appearance on the Spring '12 runway.

Spring 2012

To keep even the most luxurious of fabrics a little funky, the designer manipulated the materials to gather in surprising places.

Spring 2012

We love the feel of this '20 glam flapper look — the deep front V and asymmetrical hem remind us of The Great Gatsby.

Spring 2012

The juxtaposition of '90s grunge plaid against a delicate sheer fabric made for a seriously cool frock.

Fall 2011

The Autumn '11 collection was full of '40s-era silhouettes.

Fall 2011

For Autumn, Marc showed us playful shapes and lots of polka dots.

Spring 2011

The pieces were reminiscent of Studio 54-era disco queens.

Spring 2011

Marc's 2011 collection channeled '70s chic.

Fall 2010

And voluminous printed gowns felt strong and romantic.

Fall 2010

Huge Mongolian-fur collars and velvet trousers gave the collection a luxe feel . . .

Spring 2010

And the huge ruffles definitely made a statement.

Spring 2010

Spring '10 took a Kabuki-inspired twist . . .

Fall 2009

The collection was all about the rocker-chic silhouette.

Fall 2009

Exaggerated shoulders and splashy prints were the focus of Autumn '09.

Spring 2009

Straw hats and lurex obi belts accessorized each look.

Spring 2009

The Spring '09 collection was part Mary Poppins, part Parisian chic.

Fall 2008

The collection took an avant-garde, futuristic spin.

Fall 2008

Marc showed gilded separates and space-age headwear for Autumn '08.

Spring 2008

Sheer panels were inserted into evening dresses.

Spring 2008

Marc went surreal for Spring '08 with off-kilter gauzy pieces.

Fall 2007

Marc showed A-line silk dresses with tights and chic cloche hats.

Fall 2007

For Autumn '07, the collection took a grown-up, European turn.

Spring 2007

Billowing silk dresses punctuated the light feel of the collection.

Spring 2007

Marc paired metallics and pastels for Spring '07.

Fall 2006

The Autumn '06 collection showcased chunky knits.

Spring 2006

Marc featured glitzy party dresses and relaxed glamour for Spring '06.

Fall 2005

Autumn 2005's collection was full of moody hues and lots of volume.

Spring 2005

Bold brights and swingy coats marked the Spring '05 collection.

Fall 2004

Marc showed polished, secretary-chic looks for Autumn '04.

Spring 2004

Spring '04 was full of relaxed, tailored pieces.

Fall 2003

Marc went mod for Autumn '03.

Spring 2003

Spring '03 was all about retro glamour.


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