Marc Jacobs has been a trailblazer in woman’s fashion for almost three decades. From the beginning The New York Times called his designs, “young and irreverent,” with “a whimsical, childlike grace with a hint of the exuberance of the 1960s.” Jacobs has consistently proven them right, year after year through both his eponymous fashion empire and his work for fashion houses like Perry Ellis and Louis Vuitton.

View a celebration of Marc Jacobs’ personal style in the Slideshow above…

“Jacobs brings a signature joie de vivre, humor, and unexpected cool to every collection he designs…”

Jacobs brings a signature joie de vivre, humor, and unexpected cool to every collection he designs, so it should come as no surprise that his own ensembles are just as irreverent, youthful and tightly curated as the looks he sends down the runway. Over the years, Jacobs’ aesthetic has consistently evolved, always staying one step ahead of the fashion curve, also becoming more tightly honed and focused. Despite his ever-changing style, Jacobs’ love for all things shiny, subversive, and tongue-in-cheek has never wavered. The designer’s edgy personal label and high caliber work for Vuitton has garnered him a pack of loyal it girl followers, but his personal style is equally deserving of cult icon status. With a wardrobe as bright, crazy, and often as eccentric as his tattoos, Jacobs is blazing his own trail in adventurous menswear.

No one’s saying you need to go out and buy a kilt or don a slinky, lace dress, but Jacobs’ love for sharp tailoring, bold statement pieces, and letting his fun-loving personality shine through, should inspire men to take more fashion risks and not be afraid to express themselves through their personal sense of style.

The fashion maverick recently announced his resignation as Creative Director of Louis Vuitton, and we thought it was fitting to take a look back at the many diverse styles and looks of Mr. Jacobs over the last three decades. 

Emily Kirkpatrick is a fashion and lifestyle writer from New York City.

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