Stories have emerged among the fashion press that the entire Spring/Summer 2012 collection by designer Marc Jacobs has been stolen. Reports have said that the catwalk samples for his new show have been taken while they were being transported on their way to the London press day from Paris.
All 46 samples are gone, with the designer’s PR team having to cancel the press showing at the last minute and meaning that press, journalists and bloggers have no chance to see the designs as they would do normally. With Jacobs normally a key and much sought after designer for high fashion editorials, this could well mean fewer of his designs being featured due to the pieces now being unavailable. It also means that stylists will be unable to borrow sample pieces for their clients to wear at premieres and other key events, leaving the designer with less publicity than he would usually enjoy.
Jacobs may be able to take some small comfort in the fact that he is not the first designer to suffer such a loss, and sadly may also not be the last to do so. Just before his own show at London Fashion Week in 2007 fellow designer Christopher Kane also suffered a similar blow when his SS08 collection was taken, as did newcomer Victoria Beckham who suffered a loss of dresses worth £350,000 in 2009.
Let’s hope that the designs are recovered quickly, since high profile items like those which have been stolen would most likely be spotted by eagle eyed fashion fans were they to resurface at some point in the future. However, it could be that instead they have been stolen in order to produce cheap and inferior copies, but no doubt fashion lovers will be watching closely to see what happens next.
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