Marc Jacobs' Highlights Diversity for SS16

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Image: @themarcjacobs

Marc Jacobs have always been in it to win it with their seasonal campaign ads, tapping Cher as the face of the brand for AW15, and casting Marc by Marc Jacobs models via Instagram contests. This season, they're taking a socially-conscious approach by highlighting inspiring and diverse individuals who have "open[ed] Jacobs' mind to different ways of seeing and thinking."

The ads will officially make their debut in the February issue of American Vogue, but for now, Jacobs is revealing snapshots of the portraits over on his Instagram. The first one highlights filmmaker, human rights activist, and transwoman Lana Wachowski. Jacobs also penned a heartfelt caption about the extent of Lana's moving advocacy, and we're excited to see how his brand is embracing diversity in 2016. (Read: why fashion and ethics need each other.)

This season’s ad campaign represents a series of connected events; a visual narrative. It is a personal diary of people who have and continue to inspire me and open my mind to different ways of seeing and thinking. The spectrum of individuals photographed in our Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign represent a celebration of my America. In collaboration with photographer David Sims and stylist Katie Grand, the people featured in our campaign personify this collection of fashion through their individuality. Collectively, they embody and celebrate the spirit and beauty of equality. It is with an overwhelmingly full heart that I share this first portrait of our Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign. Lana Wachowski. I was first introduced to Lana via YouTube in December 2012. The speech Lana gave to accept the Human Rights Campaign, Visibility Award, (October 20, 2012) was utterly profound in its script and her articulate, brilliant and timeless delivery. She expressed thoughts and ideas that have filled my head and heart always but had never been so eloquently captured in language that was so tangible, intelligent, poignant and full of possibility. I found myself referencing Lana’s words in my daily life and sharing her speech with close friends. In the days before our Spring/Summer ‘16 fashion show and through a fateful series of communications, much to my incomprehensible delight, Lana accepted an invitation to our show in New York City and thus I took her, “fashion show virginity.” Lana’s ineffable beauty captured by David in this portrait reminds me of the personal sentiment she shared with me about, “learning you can make important friends at anytime in your life.”
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You can also check out the entire SS16 collection from Marc Jacobs over here.

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