The beauty and wonder of fashion has been sadly lacking in New York. Designers seem to believe that their collections must reflect the current economic downturn and adapt to the prevailing morose mood. Well, I disagree. As does Marc Jacobs, a man who seems to be pretty well aware that what we need right now is a sense of possibility, inspiration and hope!
Yes, of course, the market is difficult out there but the best way to fend off competition (strategically speaking) is to push the boundaries a little bit and stand out with a highly individual presentation. His tactic once again highlights his sharp wit but look at this collection and what you see is a multitude of incredibly successful pieces. This is the giddy feeling of the late seventies/early eighties when everything was permitted: studio 54 mixed with tough punk girl gangs. I love the almost surreal clothes and the references to past realities. The power shoulders reminiscent of Mugler and Montana, the zippers used as decoration, the buttery turquoise leather trousers, printed leggings (another homage to Steven Sprouse), the amazing coats and capes, high-waisted jeans, the Prince style Paisley dresses, the colours, the exaggerated Pompadour hair… This is Marc Jacobs showing us the spontaneity of life through a heightened cavalcade of energetic compositions. His work is vibrant and definitely saleable, reflecting his own fanatic determination. A torrent of great pieces, one of his best collections!
All pictures: Style.com