When models marched down Marc Jacobs’ Spring/Summer 2013 runway in Mickey Mouse printed crop tops, I immediately assumed it was a cheeky wink to a similar motif from his infamous grunge collection for Perris Ellis. (You know, the one that lost him his job but launched his career.) Yet, after reading Miley Cyrus’ recent Hunger profile, I’m starting to think the pop star had something to do with it.
"I work a lot with Marc Jacobs. He kind of brought me into fashion like when I was 16, that was when I started being around him and just learning from him," she revealed in the piece. "He kind of let me inspire some of his pieces and now I feel like it’s just having the right people around you." Barring the ambiguous "kind of," that sounds a lot like the designer may have helped plan the singer’s dramatic transformation these last few years. It was, after all, extremely fortuitous—perhaps too fortuitous?—timing that Miley began shedding her Disney princess right as the belly baring knitwear emblazoned with her wholesome former employee’s logo hit stores. She was also one of the first celebrities photographed in the piece, wearing it front row at Marc’s Fall/Winter 2013 show.
Of course, it’s totally possible that she was simply alluding to her nude appearance on a "Protect the Skin Your In" MJ T-shirt last summer, or the mesh Marc ballgown she wore to the punk-themed Met Ball last year. One thing’s for sure, though: Marc is Miley’s go-to guy right now. "[Fashion] has to be sexy and strong and […]I feel like Marc does that so well." Hopefully that means he’ll convince her to switch those teddy bear leotards and front-to-back thongs for actual clothes soon. Or at least to cover her pantless ensembles with a giant fur jacket…baby steps.