Introducing Mark Jacobes: Will 2018 See Bootleggers and Designers Coming Together?


If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Months after Alessandro Michele teamed up with Instagram’s fashion copyright police diet_prada for Gucci’s Spring 2018 runway show, Marc Jacobs is jumping on the bootlegger train and aligning himself with one of the most popular designer logo artists on Instagram. Ava Nirui, now the digital editor at Helmut Lang, is famous for taking the monikers of Christian Dior, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, among others, and reinterpreting them in her own way—decorating an inhaler with Dior costume jewelry or printing “LV” onto a porcelain teacup and saucer being just two examples. On Monday, Marc Jacobs is releasing a white hoodie that he’s designed in conjunction with Nirui. It’s printed with “Mark Jacobes est. 1985” in scratchy font. “A real bootleg,” is how Nirui described the sweatshirt on her Instagram this evening. She also added, “I was making fake Marc Jacobs a year ago . . . life is crazy!”

Indeed, and the fashion world is getting crazier, it seems. Between Michele’s embrace of diet_prada—which, mind you, was one of the first outlets to raise concern about the Dapper Dan jacket look-alike on the Gucci runway—and now Jacobs’s faux hoodie, the fake-chic trend seems to be gaining steam. So, will the designer-approved bootleg item become a big thing in 2018? If Jacobs and Michele have anything to say about it, the answer seems to be yes. And hey, if it helps luxury labels and digital disruptors work together to create something new and cool, then there’s no harm in sleeping with the enemy.


5 Days, 5 Looks, 1 Girl: Laura Love

Models in New York City know a thing or two about on-the-go style. Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t riding the subway in four-inch stilettos. Laura Love, who moved to New York from her native Los Angeles a few years ago, describes her days as “unpredictable”—she might be on location or working out with her trainer or rushing to fittings, meetings, and appointments all over the city. So her uniform consists of jeans, a T-shirt, a great pair of boots—and a beautiful handbag. “For me, having a nice bag is the most important part of a look,” Love says. “You can wear anything, from workout clothes to overalls and sneakers, and a nice bag will make it feel so chic and clean.”

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s new Dior handbags are fashion-forward but also practical enough to suit Love’s busy life. The Lady Dior bag, for instance, comes with a thick, striped shoulder strap you can adjust to different lengths, and the Dior Addict can be worn on the shoulder for day or as a cross-body for evening thanks to a removable, engraved chain. Here, she wears her favorite Dior bags five ways—one for each day of the workweek–and shares everything from her approach to personal style to her early handbag memories to her go-to coffee shop.

Pippa Middleton’s Sculpted Arms Are Her Best Bridal Accessory

It’s been six years since Pippa Middleton’s shapely silhouette became the stuff of bridesmaid legend in a form-fitting Alexander McQueen gown at her sister Kate’s royal wedding. And today, the lady of the hour, who married hedge fund manager James Matthews in Berkshire, England, let one particular sculpted asset play best accessory to her couture gown.

Arriving outside St. Mark’s church in a lace Giles Deacon gown, it wasn’t just Middleton’s healthy bronzed glow and pearl-threaded updo that stole the show, but her impeccably toned arms. Following a rumored three-month boot camp at London’s Grace Belgravia club, which reportedly included yoga, Pilates, and cardio dance class, the athletic brunette was in top shape for the nuptials. Whatever the secret to her sculpted shoulders and razor-sharp, defined triceps, expect Middleton to show off the fruits of her 360-degree fitness and nutrition program at the reception—and brides the world over to beeline for the gym stat.

Karlie Brushes Off Destiny’s Child Mistake

While many of us have things we’d like to forget from the early Noughties (diamanté boob tubes and velour, hi there), for Karlie Kloss it was something that she did forget that caused her embarrassment this week.


The model mistook TLC’s Waterfalls for a Destiny’s Child song in a piece for Love Magazine – in which she declared herself a “mega fan” of the band and answered questions about her heroes – but Kloss brushed the error off with signature good humour.

Kloss has had a busy start to 2017, returning to New York in the last few days after spending time in Australia earlier this month. She has also taken on a role as a correspondent on new Netflix factual show Bill Nye Saves The World.

Rosie Confirms Her Pregnancy

Rosie Huntington-whiteley has confirmed her pregnancy with a picture showcasing her growing bump on the beach. The model and entrepreneur – who has been the subject of pregnancy rumours for some months – chose to share the news on her own terms, directly with her almost seven million Instagram followers, via a picture taken by her fiancé, actor Jason Statham.

The model has spoken before of her desire to be a mother one day, as well as of her own upbringing in the Devon countryside. Two of her model friends – Candice Swanepoel and Behati Prinsloo – welcomed babies towards the end of last year and, while it was thought that Huntington-Whiteley’s next focus would be her wedding following her engagement to Statham just over a year ago, it now appears that the event will be delayed a little, at least until her baby has arrived.