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Marilyn Manson, Kendall Jenner Star in Marc Jacobs’s Fall Campaign

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Once again, Marc Jacobs has begun the slow release of what promises to be an epic campaign featuring an eclectic range of men and women. On Tuesday, the designer Instagrammed the first images of his fall 2016 advertisements, starring Missy Elliott, the artist Genesis P-Orridge (in the look Lady Gaga wore on the runway), Sissy Spacek, and a host of models including Grace Bol, Ally Ertel, and Binx Walton.

Given that Jacobs issued images from his spring 2016 campaign over the course of a few weeks, we’d assume he’s going to tease this one for just as long. And as he did with spring’s photo series, Jacobs has written detailed bios for each of his campaign models, explaining why they inspire him.

“The individuals in these photographs represent a collective embodiment of love, honesty, integrity, courage, strength, curiosity and inspiration,” Jacobs writes. “Together, as one story, this collection is a reminder to question and challenge normal and to continue exploring and pushing boundaries.”

Right now, that message couldn't be more on point.

Update: June 28, 2016, 1:02pm. There is more to love, including 69-year-old megababe Susan Sarandon.

Susan Sarandon

SUSAN, Seduction Like so many teenagers, I spent countless Friday and Saturday nights at midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the 8th Street Playhouse (which is still standing!) and the Festival Theatre on 57th Street (which has long since closed). TRHPS was a coming of age and right of passage. It became an invitation (or excuse) to dress up and express oneself fearlessly. The cult classic made it cool for boys to wear sequins, satin and fishnets. I fell in love with Susan Sarandon’s onscreen portrayal of Janet during her “loss of innocence” scene by way of a crossdressing alien and her giddy, ecstatic rendition of, “touch-a, touch-a, touch me…” There was a subtle rebellious quality that I found in Susan with how she chose to play Janet and perhaps (as I now look back on it) her decision as a young actor to take a role in a film that challenged the notion of gender roles. In the hyper-stylized, gothic film, The Hunger, Susan’s portrayal as the lesbian love interest of vampire Catherine Deneuve was yet another progressive challenging of normal and a testament to Susan’s artistic exploration of boundaries. It was in my early days at Perry Ellis when I first had the privilege of meeting Susan. Her intelligence, courage, strength, conviction and ballsiness has always been so admirable to me. There’s an inherent seductive quality in Susan as a woman who always speaks her mind and an artist who takes risks. Her talent as an actress is one of extraordinary range, talent and power. The stunning Susan Sarandon by David Sims for our Fall ’16 ad campaign.

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Adwoa Aboah and Tyg Davison

ADWOA & TYG, Duo Fashion is undoubtedly about outward, external beauty. As the late Bill Cunningham once said, “fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” But in its most pure and honest form, true beauty comes from within. The kind hearted, soft spoken, upbeat and down to earth Tyg Davison opened our Fall ’16 show. For me, Tyg represents another young woman who brings a certain positive energy to fittings on the late nights and early mornings before a fashion show (paying homage to her namesake, Tigger, from Winnie the Pooh!). It takes a certain desire and willingness to push through the unrelenting hours day after day. One of the over arching themes behind the fashion in this Fall ’16 ad campaign is the inherent love that exists within each individual portrayed in the world we worked to create. Being able to love and accept oneself is a key to finding genuine love and acceptance for others. Beyond her extraordinary beauty, Adwoa Aboah embodies a certain courage and strength that is beyond her years. By publicly and openly sharing her experience with addiction via @gurlstalk, as a woman, a daughter, a working professional, and a human being, Adwoa is providing a great service to others. Her personal story is one that I strongly identify with having struggled most of my life with my own addictions. I am humbled by her bravery, openness and service. Adwoa and Tyg by David Sims for Fall ’16.

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Keiji Haino

KEIJI, Sound Keiji Haino is known for his use of the Japanese concept of Ma, which is typically translated as pause or space. Keiji’s music came to my attention a week before our Fall 2016 fashion show through a friend who was sharing with me about different meditative music and alternative “sound.” The music selection for each show is as important as the set, the clothes and the models. It’s an integral part of creating the intended experience, expression and point of view of a collection. After hearing one of Keiji’s musical pieces, which felt hypnotically simple, strange and oddly appropriate, Katie Grand, Steve Mackey and I became hypnotized by the methodic bells and cymbals and their lasting shadows and impressions. We further stripped down the idea of the set so the clothes and shadows were all that was seen and Keiji’s chilling composition juxtaposed with the heavy hammer of the boots was all that was heard leaving behind, “the haunted spaces between the notes.” Keiji’s music is incredibly transcendent and meditative while also extraordinarily unique. There is a level of dedication and emotion that is ever present in his work that I greatly admire. The discipline of his craft and the intelligence in his approach is unparalleled. I am so greatly honored to share this photograph by David Sims for our Fall ’16 ad campaign that so powerfully captures the enigma-like qualities of the other worldly, Keiji Haino.

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Update: June 22, 2016, 8:11am. Marc Jacobs has added a host of new faces to his campaign roster.

Marilyn Manson

MANSON, Brains and Beauty Ironically, I met Marilyn Manson on Halloween in Los Angeles shortly after the release of his album, Antichrist Superstar in 1996. It was after meeting him that I started listening to his music- in large part because I was intrigued by his persona and curious about his perverse and incredible intellect. The Beautiful People and its accompanying music video with all its gorgeous grotesqueries is what sweet dreams are NOT made of… The incredibly powerful and frenetic pace of the video with the attenuated and elongated Manson pulled, disfigured and contorted by means of surgical devices, dental apparatuses and other contraptions is absolutely nightmare inducing and an outrageously captivating attraction of repulsion. For our Fall 2011 fashion show, there was no better song to send the girls marching down our boudoir comme insane-asylum runway than, The Beautiful People. It was the perfectly twisted companion for that collection which played at a volume that nearly shook the walls down. In direct contrast to the outward hideous beauty of Manson’s stage persona is his instinctive, inherent intelligence and understanding of what matters. These days more so than ever I am reminded of Manson’s interview in the documentary film, Bowling for Columbine and his response to a question asking what he would say to the kids and Columbine community in the wake of the tragedy that took place in 1999. His response was, “I wouldn’t say a single word to them. I would listen to what they have to say, and that’s what no one did.” Sometimes knowing when to listen is more important than being heard, and in one sentence Manson left a stronger impression on me than his music ever had previously. Marilyn Manson photographed by David Sims for our Fall 2016 ad campaign.

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Courtney Love

COURTNEY, R(evolution) With my abundance of respect for Courtney Love’s musical contributions to grunge/rock culture and her status as this sort of, Grunge Goddess, it was her mesmerizing and extraordinarily moving portrayal of Althea in the film, The People vs Larry Flynt that simultaneously broke my heart and won my love. While I hadn’t yet met Courtney during my time as Creative Director at Perry Ellis, it was her then style that had a great influence on that now infamous “grunge collection” show in 1992. Courtney and I (and a then 2 or 3 year old Frances Bean) first met at dinner with Anna Sui in 1994 at Bar Six in NYC. I remember being quite taken by her deep, thorough knowledge of and voracious appetite for fashion and music. There has always been a genuine allure about Courtney that I continue to admire. The way she’d scream her lyrics from that gash of a red mouth to the hard rocking, wailing sounds of Hole. She was then and remains now, for me, the ultimate divine mess in a dress. Gone but no where near forgotten is the girl-woman Goddess of Grunge in her too small tattered dresses, the little girl barrette in her messy, scattered hair and beaten up brocade 1960’s evening shoes. It’s a long distance from the now iconic kinder-whore Courtney photographed by Juergen Teller for I-D magazine in 1994 to the movie star glamour of the powerfully aloof and infinitely present Courtney, photographed here by David Sims for our Fall ’16 campaign.

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Juno Temple

Kendall Jenner

Update: June 17, 2016, 6:13pm. Marc Jacobs posted a shot from the campaign of St. Vincent musician Annie Clark this afternoon and then followed that up two hours later with a post featuring Clark’s girlfriend, supermodel Cara Delevingne. Jacobs has incredibly nice and thoughtful things to say about Cara and Annie in each of his captions.

Cara Delevingne

Annie Clark

Kembra Pfahler

Genesis P-Orridge

John and Carlos

All the models

Sissy Spacek

Missy Elliott