Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tea Staining

After watching the documentary Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton I have become more and more interested in the random and chaotic style that is Marc Jacobs. Like any queer worth the penis in his ass I bow to the God of everything cool and hip. He is the hipster king and debatable one of the most influential American designers of our generation. We still see him as the geeky long-haired neophyte in glasses who put supermodels like Naomi Campbell on the runway in cashmere flannel shirts. His grunge collection for the label Perry Ellis was applauded by critics yet lost him and his business partner Robert Duffy their jobs. Fast forward years into the future when he is the Creative Director of Louis Vuitton to his Spring 2007 collection inspired somewhat by Virginia Woolf's Clarissa Dalloway. The random destruction of lace dresses and tea stained fabrics and bags referenced from the Victorian era; Jacobs created a collection filled with sweet confections with a dark undercurrent. There was something off kilter about the sweet flower girls traipsing down the runway. Its interesting that after all these years Marc Jacobs can still make clothes so expensive look as casual and unpretentious as a pair of Levis.

All of this has everything to do with my new project, which involves tea staining and an old pair of Vans that my father wanted to throw away. But Marc Jacobs in his infinite hipness is giving them a new lease on life. New updates as the project progresses.

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