When it comes to classic fashion icons, there are few other names that come with the clout and prestige of Marc Jacobs. We’d like to think that’s in part to the lovely ladies he has chosen to work with over the years. When you count the likes of Cher, Sofia Coppola and Gisele Bündchen among your muses, we’d say you have some pretty classic inspiration to work with.
But when it comes to Jacobs’ latest muse, we have to say she may be head and shoulders above the rest. In fact, you could say she’s the wind beneath his wings.
That’s right, Jacob’s latest lady is none other than Bette Midler. And she looks pretty freaking fantastic if we do say so ourselves, holding her own against any 19-year-old model that she may happen to walk to runway with. We mean… just look at that confidence.
What a privilege it is to know your heroes. My earliest memory of Bette Midler was somewhere around the age of nine years old. I remember (at that young precocious age) hearing about her performances in the basement of the Ansonia Hotel’s, Continental Baths. I vividly remember the genuine excitement and love I had for Bette’s music. I was curious and excited by her energy, power and the exuberance in her voice and bold, brassy glamour. To this day, I still credit Bette Midler (unbeknownst to her) with a large part of my foray into fashion design. At age ten when I discovered the image drawn by Richard Amsel for her album cover, I was so instantly enamored by the silhouetted Bette in a black dress wearing platform sandals with a wedge of red curly hair that I recreated it on the back of a jean jacket with acrylic paint and embroidery floss and proudly wore it to school. The onset of the spring/summer 2016 season began with my interest in the pride of being an American, however, I have always maintained that I’m a New Yorker above all else, a different breed entirely – one whom at nine years old is aware of the Continental Baths and more importantly the sexy, glamorous and sublime, Bette Midler. After a conversation with Katie Grand about New York nostalgia she had recommended a documentary on the BBC that profiled Bette throughout her career and New York City. While I have always felt a certain connection with and influence by Bette, the moment that struck me so profoundly was a statement she made about her footprints from the past disappearing as she retraced old haunts of her once familiar New York. It all felt so relevant and apropos of the pieces of the yet-to-be collection that lay before me weeks before the show. It reminded me of the pride I felt in having the privilege of calling myself a born and raised New Yorker. To her beauty, her brass, her glamour. To that energy, vitality, verve, nerve and curve… I’m so happy to share this beautiful portrait by David Sims. Ladies and Gentleman, the Divine Miss M!
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The 70-year-old was recently named one of the final stars of Jacobs’ Spring 2016 campaign, alongside the likes of Sandra Bernhard and Christina Ricci. But it wasn’t until Jacobs posted these photos on his Instagram account that we realized just how well Midler was going to rock the pretty floral number. We kind of want more, ASAP – especially after reading Jacobs’ inspirational story about his experiences with the Divine Miss M in this post.