Blast from the Past

New York…Marc Jacobs

Looking into the future always requires reflecting on the past. For his anticipated F/W 09 collection, Jacobs took a glance back at the 1980’s and the club kid era for inspiration. “I was thinking about the good old days in New York,” he said after the show, “when getting dressed up was such a joy.” Each look had its own individual expression. Hairstyles like Mohawks and bouffants were inspired by the album cover of Duran Duran’s Rio and bright pieces were paired in off-beat color combinations. Charcoal grey sweaters retained the emphatic shoulders reminiscent of the era and coordinated perfectly with black hosiery and either yellow or gold accents. Traditional rules of the color wheel were broken with hues of pink and red clashing together on oversized shapes—a possible Grace Jones reference, anyone? From metallic leather party dresses to the velvet bustier tops, all of these cool kids would have fit right in at the Palladium.


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  • As a former habitué of the Michael Todd Room at the Palladium, this was a fabulous trip down memory lane! I love that something goes out of style and we all applaud and say “thank goodness” (I am talking here about the big shoulder) and then one day 20 years later it suddenly looks great again. Of course it is because we are constantly reviewing the silhouette, renewing the shapes we can create using clothes, as well as re-evaluating the erogenous zones.
    That’s fashion folks, the name of the game, and love him or not, Marc Jacobs is a grand-master.

  • Isabella

    I am loving the grace jones feel on the runway! Browsing through all the collections, I have to say that Marc brought me a fresh breath of air! It is refreshing to see fun bold colors, clashing elements, and a familiar blast from the past. Each individual look has its own expression, it gives character.

  • Hanna

    This collection is so rad. I LOVE the bright floral tights and the combination of voluminous skirts paired with loose crewneck tops. And Gilda Radnor hair.

  • Monique

    Fun! Fun! Fun!

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