Designer Marc Jacobs posted a lengthy apology to the fashion world on Thursday night for the lateness of his New York Fashion Week show.
On Instagram, Jacobs posted a cheeky image of his face imposed on the White Rabbit from “Alice In Wonderland,” riffing on the character’s famous quote by saying, “I was late, I was late… For a very important date.”
Jacobs then wrote, “I sincerely apologize to anyone and everyone who was inconvenienced by my lateness at our Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show. For anyone interested, below is not a list of excuses but rather a list of facts. I fully understand people have plans, lives, commitments, flights, families to return to, etc and that I fully RESPECT.”
He expressed that, “I’ve heard, read and reflected on your frustration, anger and outrage. If you choose to read the below, I hope that you can find your own place of understanding.”
The 6 p.m. runway show started nearly an hour and a half late on Wednesday, leading some fashion editors to leave the show before it began to get to other events, including a Rihanna lingerie fashion show in Brooklyn. There were even rumors Anna Wintour left, but she’d just temporarily left her seat during the delay. Jacobs’ shows have been known in recent years to start very punctually, after he’d miffed editors years ago with habitually tardy shows.
But Jacobs explained on Thursday in his post that he’d fully expected his latest show to begin on time as of the night before. He then ran through a timeline of what happened the next day, without ever naming the actual reason for the setback. “After years of being beyond punctual and once again, with every intention of remaining so, the fact is, more is always expected from us with fewer and fewer resources. That is not unique to me personally or us as a company. I have learned that I need to adjust to our realities,” he wrote.
And, “It was my wishful thinking that we could accomplish all that needed to be done for this show with the circumstances we faced. I was wrong.”
But he figured, “With our shows, I always strive to present 7-10 minutes of live fashion theatre that hopefully makes some kind of statement or touch the audience in some way both aesthetically and emotionally. I think we all have to be a little more sensitive and flexible to the fragile state of the live experience.”
There were even rumors Jacobs held the show to mess with rival Rihanna’s schedule. But staffers reportedly said the issues were due to an “errant clothing delivery, no doubt caught in rush-hour traffic, exacerbated by the rain.”
Either way, his clothes were roundly praised as the best of fashion week in the end.
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