Missy Elliott Features in Marc Jacobs’ Autumn/Winter Campaign

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American fashion designer, Marc Jacobs has revealed the first images for his upcoming Autumn/Winter Collection via Instagram. The designer who remains outspoken in his approach to life and work has once again chosen his own sources of inspiration to head up his campaign. Hip Hop artist and producer, Missy Elliott, is perhaps the most high profile star of the campaign.

Jacobs chose transgender filmmaker, Lana Wachowski, who was behind films such as The Matrix, for his Spring/Summer collection and in his continued attempt to showcase people who have made a difference to him, he has once again shunned the usual approach of using the face of the moment to display his collection.

Missy Elliott has always been known for her quirky, inimitably personal fashion sense, in a world where everyone else wants to fit in, Missy Elliott has always done her own thing. And that, along with her music has obviously inspired Jacobs who said ‘from the moment I heard, The Rain back in 1997, I was entranced by the genius rhythms and brilliant rhymes of Missy Elliot’, he went on to explain that her music kept both him and his design team ‘happily energised through countless weekdays, weeknights and weekends during those long hours of sketching fitting, styling and doing looks.’ So, now we know what the Marc Jacobs studio sounds like!

In the shoot, which was styled by Katie Grand and shot by photographer David Sims, Elliott is seen wearing a puffy black parka which has white embroidered and jewelled detailing on the sleeves and features great plumes of feathers on the hood. Her hair has been styled in a Mohawk which dips low over her face. The images released have shown a stylistic use of coloured lighting evident in Elliott’s shots. Jacob’s has said that it was ‘a dream’ of his to work with her as he is in continued awe of her.

In addition to Elliott, the Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter collection for 2016 sees a male couple, John & Carlos modelling pieces from the Women’s Collection in a move that continues the trend towards gender-free modelling in the fashion world this year. One half of the couple, John, has worked with Jacobs before and he crossed Jacobs mind just at the time when they were planning the shoot, resulting in their images which attempt to recreate a look reminiscent of Lou Reed & Robert Mapplethorpe.

Sissy Spacek, the American actress famous for her portrayal of Carrie in the Stephen King classic film, is also joining the ranks of Jacob’s campaign. The actress, now in her mid-sixties, had a big impact on the designer as a young man. He says ‘I was all-consumed and mesmerized by her ability to bring a character to life in such a way that, for me, was very profound’. He went on to reveal that she has been a constant reference point for him over the years, ‘Sissy’s character is a reoccurring artistic reference in my work’.

Jacobs, who earlier this year collaborated with Miley Cyrus on a limited edition t-shirt supporting pro-choice, declared that the upcoming collection is ‘a reminder to question and challenge normal and to continue exploring and pushing boundaries.’ The people who appear in the campaign he noted ‘represent a collective embodiment of love, honesty, integrity, courage, strength, curiosity and inspiration’. It really is refreshingly insightful to hear a designers thoughts on who and what has been a source of inspiration throughout their life, and to see them work together is a real treat!

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