Marc Jacobs Parades Magical Musical Pilgrims For Fall

Looks from the Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
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He never fails to make New York Fashion Week exciting and always puts on the most theatrical, over-the-top shows. I’m talking about Marc Jacobs, of course, and before I get into the utterly insane, magical, pimped out musical pilgrim insanity that was his fall 2012 show, I just want to give thanks to this man. THANK YOU, Marc Jacobs, for entertaining us. Why can’t other designers add a dose of drama or a sprinkle of staged whimsy (and/or mayhem) to their runway shows? MJ seems to be the only one having any fun around here (with the exception of Betsey Johnson and Karl Lagerfeld over in Paris). I think I speak for many of us fashion-loving folks when I say: Show us the “show” in fashion SHOW! Give us something to go bazonkers about, which is exactly what we did for this pimp hat-topped hootenanny of paisley-inflused, glitter-adorned, fur laden cornucopia of CRAY. Did we mention that Jacobs referenced not only the British musical Oliver! but also Mystery the Pickup Artist? Oh, and that Dakota Fanning and Rose Byrne were there? Holy Beetlejuice, there’s SO much we need to discuss.

PURPLE PAISLEY BROCADE BRIGADE

Looks from the Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
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The show itself was a staged wonderment of white cutouts that depicted an eerily rustic village complete with winding cobblestone streets, spooky trees, and a random cartoon fountain sprouting “plumes” of water around a small Adonis figure. It was all totally out there and indicative of something different coming down the runway, and when the lights dimmed the music swelled with strings to reveal the song “Who Will Buy?” from the musical Oliver!. Jacobs used different versions of the song—from retro singers Nancy Sinatra and Max Roach to a musical choir version—while models emerged in gigantic fur pimp raver hats in reds, grays, and zebra prints. The clothes were voluminous and outlandishly tailored, with everything from exaggerated peplums over calf-length paisley skirts to bell-shaped coats over full-bodied dresses over skinny capri pants. There were ’70s-ish brocade coats in grape purple and mustard yellow with matching doctor’s tote bags and pilgrim shoes. Every single ensemble, in fact, had some version of a flat-heeled, rectangular buckle pilgrim shoe, which is not going to be everyone’s spot of tea, but we loved the reference. Oh, and there were humungous knitted scarves that seemed to be devouring the models from the chest up.

ROSE CEREMONY

A look from the Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
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All in all, we thought the show was spectacular. While the shapes of the separates might not be appealing in certain ways (there aren’t too many ladies who will want to accentuate their hiplandia area to twice its normal size), there were sumptuous individual pieces. We applaud the use of bold print and color juxtapositions (green and purple! knits with astroturf skirts! zebra prints and gorilla-looking fur!), the clever layering, and full-on eye assault that each ensemble gave. As for red carpet-worthy dresses, there were few with the exception of a pink glitter fantasia wrapped with a fur stole and accessorized with a giant red ombre hat, metallic pilgrims, and a mega-long-stemmed red rose. Who wouldn’t gasp if this came galumping down the carpet? Frankly, we’re craving this cuckooness. Please can we have some more?

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