Marc Jacobs’ fall 2010 collection was my first exposure to the world of high fashion. I was lucky enough to witness the birth of the constellation of Marc Jacobs stores on Bleecker Street. The store that I frequent the most is Bookmarc, a bookstore that replaced Biography Bookshop a few years ago when Marc Jacobs first opened the stores. Bookmarc sells not only a small selection of books but also some of Marc Jacobs’ more affordable items including jewelry and stationary. BookMarc and the main Marc Jacobs store are right across Magnolia Bakery (Sex and the City, anyone?) so whenever I’m in the area, I go into BookMarc and Marc Jacobs to browse and then treat myself to a macaroon from Magnolia.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s items that support a good cause. I envy this Fashionisto because he’s wearing the shirt I was planning on getting this week! The shirt is part of Marc Jacobs’ long-running campaign against skin cancer, “Protect the skin you’re in”. A few years ago, Jacobs began to have the fashion world’s finest (including Kate Upton, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, Victoria Beckham and most recently, my girl-crush Cara Delevigne) bare all for the camera. He sells cotton T-shirts with these pictures (censored, of course) onto them with slogans such as “Protect the skin you’re in” and “Protect your largest organ” for the humble price of $35.
Our Fashionisto styled his shirt in a way that Heidi Klum would definitely approve of and not just because she’s on his shirt. By pairing his black tee with cuffed chinos, he accomplished the perfect balance of casual and put-together. His shoes are a great alternative to sneakers or moccasins and add a slight pop of color to his overall ensemble. Still, the effect is subtle enough that it doesn’t take attention away from the shirt. His camera case was another element of his ensemble that caught my attention. Instead of using a case that covers the entire camera, he opted for a more classic style of leather case that displays the beauty of the camera. He keeps it light on accessories with a statement timepiece and classic-style sunglasses.
Hint: Next time you’re out shopping, keep an eye out for items that donate some of its proceeds to charity. Many companies such as always-in-style Toms and Warby Parker boast a “Buy One Give One” mantra. By buying Toms and Warby Parker glasses, not only do you score some sweet looking shoes and shades but you’ve also provided shoes and glasses for a child in need! Other organizations such as Lauren Bush’s FEED company, donate part of their proceeds to a charitable cause. Then there are items such as this bikini from Opening Ceremony, which support economies in impoverished nations by being made out of materials from that area. My personal favorites are Krochet Kids and H&M’s Fashion Against AIDS campaign. Being charitable has never been easier!