Marc Jacobs‘ spring/summer 2017 collection for New York Fashion Week was extremely uplifting, and went along well to bolster morale for those in attendance. The designer created this line with the intent of adding in some lightness to take away some of the stress that has been around due to the American election season.
The staging was uniquely lit, as were the clothes, many of which translated into looking futuristic, edging into sci-fi – and in a rather successful way, as it were. All in all, Jacobs created a runway rave as an election reprieve, all set within the Hammerstein Ballroom, within which was a greased down elevated platform as a stage, constructed by Stefan Beckman.
The many bulbs hanging down over the runway almost mimicked stars in the night sky, and made for an overall lovely effect, particularly when paired with the platformed stage.
This unique perspective on what should come to give a breather from stress is exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Jacobs label. Many designers would fall to the go-to bright colors and florals to bring happiness to life on the stage, yet, Jacobs opted to create a totally fantastical experience that was, within reason, rather wearable.
Wearability in focus, a lot of Jacobs’ clothes in this line came across as junior, which did cheapen the look in some regards, yet the overall happiness of the line made it so this fact wasn’t as important as it otherwise could have been.
There was just enough camouflage and sparkle to keep things young and interesting, but he may have skirted that line a little too closely, falling on the side of too young. To us now, though, we are just waiting to see which young starlets of today will opt to wear these looks in the near future!
Another point that many have criticized since the collection walked the runway was the models’ hair and overall diversity. Using pastel dreadlocks for all of the models, there has been a great deal of controversy on social media criticizing this decision, especially since the designer’s model diversity didn’t manage to live up to the standards of those making posts.
Marc Jacobs made an official statement addressing these concerns, saying: “[To] all who cry ‘cultural appropriation’ or whatever nonsense about any race or skin colour wearing their hair in any particular style or manner – funny how you don’t criticise women of colour for straightening their hair.”
The heels that walked the Marc Jacobs spring 2017 runway were another interested point to note, as they were jaw-dropping as much as they were impractical. The models, who wore the exceptionally platformed go-go-styled boots, managed to effortlessly glide down the runway, adding a great deal of impact to the collection.
These shoes worked to bolster ’60s silhouettes, which mingled with the more apparent sci-fi style, making a line of clothes that was both retro and forward.
Despite the controversy that will form as a haze over the designer for the weeks following this fashion week show, we’re sure we’ll be seeing these looks come spring.
Photos courtesy of Vogue