Marc Jacobs and the End of Fashion

Once upon a time, during fashion weeks far, far away, Marc Jacobs was a famous abuser of other people’s time.

His shows routinely started an hour or more late. People complained, but they stayed. His ability to put a finger to the wind and transform the prevailing mood into cloth was that convincing. Then, in 2007, a show began almost two hours after schedule. The audience rebelled, many walked out, and the next season, chastened, Mr. Jacobs became the poster child for promptness.

Until now, that is.

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