If there’s one thing to be said about the latest Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2016 collection, it’s that there wasn’t a dull moment. With his in-your-face use of red, white, and blue, Jacobs quite literally celebrated what America means to him. And apparently that is a lot of different things. From the Forties to the Eighties (and every year in between), it seems the designer drew inspiration from everything he laid his eyes upon. There was glamour, grunge, street styles showgirl spunk, and a heavy usage of pop art that would have made Andy Warhol proud. What seemed to be sprinkled on top of the entire collection, however, was an idea of deconstructed Stars and Stripes.
As for the variety of garments, there seemed to be no method to Marc Jacob’s madness. From start to finish, he created a fashion display that was as loud as an American Fourth of July fireworks show, which was portrayed just as he wanted it to be.
It is undeniable that all who were present were in for a wild treat. Yet spectators must have questioned Marc Jacobs’ thoughts when he was coming up with this fashion bonanza. One can only guess, but there are some valid questions to be raised; maybe even questions the designer had asked himself: why settle on going out with a bang when you can make each piece just as bold as the last? Why create a collection from one source of inspiration when you can mesh together multiple decades of fashion into one?
One thing that is for certain is that Jacobs celebrated diversity in his spring collection. He presented his models as actresses walking the red carpet (and even had them each stop on the red carpet for photos before continuing on to the real runway), each sporting a different trend from a multitude of decades. Jacobs also pulled in singer/songwriter Beth Ditto to model a white, embroidered gown with a high slit. Everyone from the audience to the models to the designer himself had a blast with this showing, and there is no other way he would have had it.
Although one issue I’m finding myself battling with is the idea of this collection as being ready-to-wear. There is no doubt that there are some beautiful pieces in the Marc Jacobs spring 2016 collection, but as an overall collection it seemed more of an attempt at celebrating his Americanism and creating an unforgettable, party of a runway show (a very successful attempt, might I add).
That all being said, as a collection of walking art, someone could look multiple times at each garment and find something new each time. There was clearly a close attention to detail that went into this line, and everything is pristinely executed, especially when looking at embroidery and tailoring.
There is no doubt in my mind that Marc Jacobs wanted his audience to walk away from an explosive performance, and he definitely accomplished that with the bright colors, prints, and uniquely eccentric patterns.
Photos courtesy of Vogue