Marc Jacobs Taps Missy Elliott For New Fall Ads
Photo: Instagram

Missy Elliott is Marc Jacobs’ fall 2016 muse, the designer revealed on Instagram yesterday. Jacobs shared the a photo of the rap artist, taken by David Sims, posing stoically in a feathered look from the brand’s gothic-chic fall collection.

The designer captioned the picture with a heartfelt note honoring Missy’s influence on his work:

“From the moment I heard, The Rain, back in 1997, I was entranced by the genius rhythms and brilliant rhymes of Missy Elliott. Missy’s music has kept me and my design team happily energized through countless weekdays, weeknights and weekends during those long hours of sketching, fitting, styling and doing looks. In addition to the boundless energy of her music are the visually pulsating and wildly cartoon-like music videos she made in collaboration with the talented and visionary, Hype Williams. I am in continued awe of Missy’s ability to push the boundaries of the style of music both to the eye and to the ear. It was a dream of mine to work with her and I’m happy to share this portrait by David Sims for our Fall ’16 campaign.”

Elliott, 44, responded on Instagram, posting a photo from the shoot on her own account with a thankful message to Jacobs.

“Thank u @themarcjacobs for having me be apart of your new amazing Fall “16 ad campaign I am so GRATEFUL! You are a sweetheart! And the new line is ? thank u Marc & David much love to u,” she said in the caption.

Her feature in the campaign is perfect timing for Elliott, who’s making a comeback on the music scene. She released her first video in seven years, “WTF,” in November and suspicions are mounting about the release of her next album.

Elliott is in good company posing for the brand, too. Jacobs also unveiled familiar faces including Sissy Spacek, artist Genesis P-Orridge, and models like Grace Bol and Binx Walton posing in his fall 2016 looks.

“The individuals in these photographs represent a collective embodiment of love, honesty, integrity, courage, strength, curiosity and inspiration,” Jacobs said of the photos, describing the accompanying collection as a “reminder to question and challenge normal and to continue exploring and pushing boundaries.”

From: Harper’s BAZAAR US