The Look: Bright colors, oversize prints, layered looks, empire lines, rugby stripes, oversize bows and buttons, and pretty, prom-like party dresses. The Designer: Throughout his career Jacobs have never been afraid to push the envelope: "I love that reaction of love or hate. It's indifference that bores me to death." America's darling of fashion received highest honors from Parsons School of Design, and soon after launched his namesake label in 1986. It was while he wasVice President of Women's Design at Perry Ellis that he debuted the grunge-inspired look that became his signature. Luxury French house Louis Vuitton, taken with Jacob's strong self assurance, hired him to design their first ready-to-wear line in 1997.