CQ Watch: go on a dark bender with Marc Jacobs SS14
Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs may have both used beach sets for their Spring 2014 collections, but the similarity ended with the sand. Hilfiger's models romped on a Hamptons-esque boardwalk, while Jacobs' stomped through a post-apocalyptic, garbage-strewn wasteland.
"It's more of a weird frat party, Burning Man, shores-of-Gotham City sort of beach scene. It's a lovely nightmare, or it was for me anyway," Jacobs told Style.com. "I didn't want the cliché of Spring and Summer, I wanted it to be about girls who have no problem coming to work in a Victorian gown and Birkenstocks."
The collection was a bit overwhelming, as it was likely intended to be. It was a highly decorative statement against minimalism to say the least. While admiring the creativity and artistry of the garments it's hard to see girls flocking to such dark, heavy, covered-up looks when the sun starts beating down in Summer 2014. But, for certain I can say the matador-type jackets will be paired with jeans and tees on all the coolest girls in town. The positively victorian gowns with pounds of jet beading will likely make statements on more than a few red carpets, as well.
The accessories weren't all as covetable as we've come to expect from Marc, the Teva-like shoes certainly aren't going to do anyone any favors. Bags came in either printed tapestry or primary-color embossed croc with black beaded and tassled flaps. It will be interesting to see how these and other phenomena are reinterpreted for retail.