Marc Jacobs Launches ‘Open Book’ Talk Series With A Women’s History Month Edition

Marc Jacobs Opens His Platforms to Focus on Women Leading The Charge For Change

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Marc Jacobs will launch a special series of ‘Open Book Conversations’ focusing on women. This curated panel of inspirational women will ignite discourse about gender equality, race, careers, the current environment, and the future of fashion. The series will roll out through the week of March 8th, and be promoted on Marc Jacob’s social channels on Instagram Live, and @marcjacobs.

In April of 2020, Marc Jacobs made the shocking decision to halt production of his line, due to concerns over Covid-19. Jacobs spoke with the Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful in Vogue’s discussion series, Global Conversations, where he stated, “Until we discover a new way to work—until we create a new way to work—or a new end goal to work towards, we really have nothing to do.” Thankfully, he has found his next project.

The conversations series pairs influentials and friends who have shaped and continue to redefine the fashion industry. To kick-off the series on March 9th, supermodels and frequent Marc Jacob’s regulars, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell will pair to discuss Superwomen Give Back.

The following day Gabriela Karefa-Johnson, in-demand stylist and Fashion Editor of Garage magazine will discuss being Black in Fashion with South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech. Toggling the worlds of fashion writing and fashion editing, Karefa-Johnson has worked for WWD, Vogue, Elle and Wonderland before finally landing at Garage. Akech, named model of the year by the British Fashion Council in 2019 made her fashion week runway debut as an exclusive in the Saint Laurent S/S 17 show. She has gone on to walk all the top shows as well as landing campaigns for the likes of Givenchy, Fendi, and Valentino.

On Thursday, Yoon Ahn, founder of Tokyo-based label Ambush will discuss Style’s Greatest Innovators with Katie Grand, British stylist and fashion journalist who most recently founded The Perfect Magazine. Both women are perfect candidates for this topic as they’ve had illustrious careers in fashion. Ahn founded multiple design companies before officially debuting her brand Ambush in 2008, and in 2018 was appointed as the new Dior Homme jewelry line designer by then Dior creative director Kim Jones. Most recently Ambush has entered a partnership with LVMH owned French champagne house Moët & Chandon to create a limited-edition capsule collection. Grand, the creator of LOVE and Dazed & Confused, has contributed to publications including Arena Homme Plus, Visionaire, Vogue Nippon, Harper’s Bazaar and is a jury member here at The Impression. She is also a highly regarded stylist and creative consultant, and a key collaborator of designer Marc Jacobs, with whom she has worked for the last 11 years. She has also worked with a number of other major luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Prada, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Giles, Jimmy Choo, Jonathan Saunders, and Sonia Rykiel.

The series closes with a conversation between two boundary-breaking models Ashley Graham and Dara Allen. Graham, who fights for size inclusivity on and off the runway was the first plus-sized model to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition. Graham, who does not like to be referred to as a plus-sized model and told WSJ Magazine that “I hate that I constantly have to discuss my body because I don’t know any man that has to do that. But what motivates me to continue to talk about my body is that I didn’t have someone talking about their body when I was young.” Allen who is trans, made her runway debut at Marc Jacobs during New York Fashion Week and was an unsigned model at the time. Now signed with multiple agencies, she has walked for brands like Prabal, Kenzo, Coach and Erdem on top of starring in campaigns by Salvatore Ferragamo, Revlon, Nike, Alexander McQueen and more. Outside of the runway, she been the recipient of the “Leading Light” award from LGBT immigrant-rights organization Immigration Equality.

During this time of social unrest it is pertinent now, more than ever to hear from the industry leaders who are paving the way and leading the charge for change. Stay tuned and join these icons of today and tomorrow to see where the discussion goes.