Is Marc Jacobs Losing His Edge?

When I was on vacation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, I went into the shops that are adjacent to Ceasar’s Palace Resorts/Casino. I shopped in Michael Kors, Gucci, Burberry, BCBG Max Azaria, Louis Vuitton, and various other stores. When my mother and I went into Louis Vuitton, we looked at various purses and styles (my mother has several Louis bags), but she looked at one bag in particular (see photo 1; but was in a shade of plum, not ombre). As we both examined the purse we each noticed the lack of pockets and organization in the bag, the lack of a proper closure, and an incredibly short strap (my mom could not put the bag higher-up on her arm than her elbow). We also noticed that the fabric that the bag was made out of was not a very fine leather, but just a leather coating over fabric. Despite the diminished quality of the bag (compared to the original bags from two to three years ago), the price on the bag has dramatically increased (the bag was over three thousand dollars).

I loved Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer runway for the clothes, but the purses were either poorly constructed (fabric and/or plastic instead of leather) or completely impractical. How many of us would feel comfortable carrying a purse that is completely see-through (see photo 2) or someone can stick their fingers through (see photo 3)? But not only that, but it appears that Marc Jacobs cannot develop two different concepts for his fashion lines (Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton). For the Fall/Winter 2012/2013 runways, Jacobs showed collections that had similar silhouettes, mixing of prints, and couture hats–  the inspiration for both of the runways (Marc Jacobs is photo 4; Louis Vuitton is photo 5) also seems to be the same. The only obvious difference in the two collections is that the Marc Jacobs collection was a smidge more couture than the Louis Vuitton collection. What do you think? Do you agree with my opinion that Marc Jacobs is losing his unique edge in the fashion industry or do you still believe he is a creative genius?

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