Marc Jacobs certainly keeps busy. On the heels of receiving a nomination for the CFDA’s 2019 Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, the American designer has also dropped a new product. He extended his beauty line and freshly hit the bookshelves with his own peculiar monograph, illustrated by Grace Coddington.
The dreamy book, Marc Jacobs Illustrated, published by Phaidon, encapsulates the life and leading-edge career of the designer, which is nothing short of characters, colors, and surprises. In 2016, when Jacobs reached out to his long-time friend Grace Coddington to illustrate her favorites from the Marc Jacobs collection archive, Coddington could not resist saying yes. “It was so much fun going through all the archives and reliving so many great moments,” Coddington wrote on her Instagram.
She drew 250 illustrations dating back to 1992, the year Jacobs presented his exalted grunge collection for spring 1993 at Perry Ellis. “My drawings are not serious fashion drawings,” Coddington told Vogue US, “they are funny—which I think, in a way, captures Marc’s spirit.” Punctuated with a lively outline of pop cultural moments, Marc Jacobs Illustrated, unveils over 50 of Jacobs’s collections designed for his eponymous label, illustrated by Coddington and narrated by Jacobs himself, bringing together two of American fashion’s most influential figures. The playfully quaint art direction by Takaaki Matsumoto saw Jacobs’ fun comments looping around Coddington’s illustrations. A must-read for all fashion savvy, the picture book is introduced by a heart-warming foreword by the designer’s muse Sofia Coppola.
To celebrate the release of the book, Marc Jacobs, Grace Coddington and Sofia Coppola took to an uptown book signing in New York, at the designer’s Madison Avenue shop: “Thank you @therealgracecoddington and @sofiawine for all the wonderful work you put into making this gorgeous, charming and very touching book @thebookmarc” shared Jacobs on his official Instagram account.
With his own fashion tome under his arms, Jacobs also set out to enter skincare, expanding his successful beauty brand with Youthquake, Marc Jacobs Beauty’s first ever skincare product. Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème is buzzing in the industry and rightly so. The secret weapon for red carpet worthy radiant complexion was spotted in the likes of Selena Gomez during Cannes Film Festival and on Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber and Christy Turlington Burns on the Marc Jacobs runway for Fall 2019.
Combining pineapple enzymes to gently exfoliate skin and antioxidant-rich starfruit and dragon fruit extracts, it nourishes and re-texturizes by removing dead skin cells, resulting in smooth and youthful skin. “It’s the idea of plump, moisturized skin, with or without makeup,” Jacobs says. The nutrient-rich concoction is fortified with 54 percent pineapple water and 5 percent encapsulated sodium hyaluronate, deeply hydrating the skin and leaving it with a lit-from-within “pineapple glow,” creating the perfect base before makeup. Melting into the skin, its tropical scent enhances the lightweight cream, which is formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS & SLES, sulfates, formaldehyde, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, and hydroquinone, making it even that much better.
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