It seemed apt that with Marc Jacobs' recent complaints about celebrity culture that his show should open with both him and Marc Jacobs president Robert Duffy tearing down reams of brown paper revealing a boxed frame filled with all 56 models. This personal gesture was a defiant statement that he's there to present clothes, REAL clothes. From this brown paper package, model by model wafted out to a soundtrack of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' which might have prompted dreamlike apparations but in the narrow seven-stranded runway, we got up close and personal with a neutral-toned compilation of familiar Jacobs pieces. Previous themes of geeky school girl as well as demure and pristine ladies were reintroduced back into the mix of A-line and flared trouser suits, pencil skirts, fur collars of all proportions and finally some flimsy night-gown esque dresses all in a muted palette. There was no specific and definable theme yet everything came together cohesively as Jacobs went against the grain of protective fashion that we're currently seeing and instead got to grips with the world in his own capricious way. Certain touches such as pairings of transparent trenches and knitted sweaters together with floor length gowns and mostly kitten-heeled shoes gave a certain off-kilter kookiness that Jacobs has always excelled at. The show wasn't supposed to give in extreme dreams at the end of the rainbow but we were all within touching distant of clothes that could transpire into the real world without losing out on any of the magic.
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