A bright red majorette hat usually comes with a toy soldier, but when Marc by Marc Jacobs' models marched down the catwalk this afternoon, they weren't playing around. Instead, the models' silhouettes boasted a military precision – sharp triangle skirts, nipped-waist blazers, and tapered silk trousers were all part of the Marc by Marc procession. But though his lines were rigid, Jacobs didn't exactly color inside of them: silks were printed with exaggerated doily patterns and dip-dyed brown and black; gold polka dots stained and burned party dresses with permanent imprints.
The shape of skirts to come is still undeniably full and feminine: our favourite was a pretty velvet dress elegant in midnight blue that will look as good with patent courts and a statement necklace as it will with woolly black tights and a duffel overcoat. As we’ve come to expect with Marc by Marc, these are pieces made to have universal appeal, with a cut, fabric and colour to suit all tastes.
But while some elements of the clothes had the precision of a well-running train, the overall feel of the show was that of Soul Train. Young, free, and fun, Marc by Marc gives us clothes to boogie down in.