New York Fashion Week: Marc Jacobs' backwards show!
If Amy Winehouse moved to Wisteria Lane, I'd imagine she'd dress just like the models at Marc Jacobs' Spring / Summer 08 show. It was a presentation that ran two hours late (and backwards!) but thank heavens it was worth it. While the Alice in Wonderland-esque styling was a bit much for my liking, there's no denying the clothes themselves were stunning individually. Grown-up and glamorous, there were silk tea dresses, floral floor-length flower-strewn frocks, beautiful shorts suits and layered sheer trousers. Florals mixed with shades of lilac, teal and black with splashes of peach and acid green (was he in cahoots with Philip Lim?). It was fabulous. Grown up and girlie, chic and crazy at the same time...
Models with mad bouffant hair, 'rubber gloves' and brigh accessories strutted their stuff in reverse order for the show. Marc took his bow first, followed by the evening gowns. They were real showstoppers, navy frilled concoctions covered in tropical blooms, big black taffeta and flower-strew assymetric prom dresses and slinky satin creations. Some pieces (like the outfit in the middle) reminded me of the mid-90s craze for bright satins covered in butterflies and flowers, while the slit and layered white dress on the end got an injection of cool with a black underskirt.
The daywear part of the show was a succession of gorgeous little black dress (some sparkly, some with floral detail), fabulous day dress with a slight 50s vibe and yet more florals (though this time more wearable in pastel shades) and the beginning of the sheer, layered pieces that we'd see more of towards the end...
Finally, the separates, all layered in a way that Marc Jacobs has long been known for. Though you probably wouldn't wear these pieces together in reality (particularly not the underwear-print chiffons) pieces like the just-past-the-knee pencil skirt will be key for next Summer (hurrah! no more thighs on show).
Marc Jacobs is so revered that if he showed rubbish (a la Derelicte!) the fash pack would probably find a way to rave about it...but he made it easy for me this time round. Though I won't be going for the rubber gloves and beehive look, I will definitely be investing in a lilac satin tea dress and a pencil skirt in a pastel shade ready for next Summer!