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Ten Years Of Marc By Marc
(And A Soundtrack, To Boot)

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Hard as it is to believe, Marc by Marc Jacobs celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. In celebration, the label has reissued a few of its classic styles from throughout its history, from military jackets to dresses to print scarves to belts. That’s reason enough to celebrate (especially at these prices—beginning at $68 and topping out at an affordable $300). But what’s really got us shaking is the playlist Jacobs has created and is making available for a month of free streaming on Rhapsody. It’s a decade in music, the Marc Jacobs way: All the tunes that have been played at the brand’s runway shows or in its ads, from Pavement to Pulp to Peter Bjorn and John. And while M by MJ only stretches back to the early aughts, Marc’s connection to music goes much farther back than that. You get a hint of it in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” a nod at his famous grunge collection (and the one that, in famously getting him fired from Perry Ellis, could be said to have kicked off the Marc Jacobs label in the first place). It’s that collection the designer’s pals, Kim Gordon (left, with Jacobs in 2006) and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, put into their ’92 music video for “Sugar Kane,” parts of which were shot backstage at the show. Jacobs and Perry Ellis didn’t last, but Jacobs and SY did. In tribute, the playlist’s first track: “Teen Age Riot,” off the band’s Daydream Nation. The playlist starts streams March 10 through April 10 at Rhapsody.com/marcmusic.

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris / WireImage

He’s Got 99 Problems, But A Cardi Ain’t One

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Jay-Z’s performance at last night’s World Basketball Festival tip-off brought out some fashionable faces, including designers Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra. But the evening’s main style statement occurred when the headliner took to the Radio City Music Hall stage…in a cardigan (top). That may sound more Crosby, Bing (bottom right), than Generation Bling, but—with the help of some shades and beads—the rapper more than pulled it off. Of course, the cardigan has been busily shedding its stodgier associations for the last couple of years, and Jay-Z has been at the forefront of that movement, repeatedly wearing button-front knits in his offstage appearances. So let’s call last night’s black version with patent arm patches an evolution, not a revolution. Perhaps it was no coincidence that moments before the start of his set, the P.A. system blasted Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” recalling one of music’s most memorable cardis: the fuzzy green number Kurt Cobain wore on MTV Unplugged (bottom left).

In related sartorial news, Jay-Z has teamed up with Nike to design a range of blacked-out Air Force 1′s commemorating the World Basketball Festival. The only way to get your hands on a pair is to bid in eBay’s charity auction, and all proceeds will benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. You have until August 22.

Photos: Roger Kisby / FilmMagic / Getty Images (Jay-Z); Frank Micelotta / Getty Images (Kurt Cobain); Getty Images (Bing Crosby)