Marc Jacobs Spring Summer 2017 Womenswear Collection

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Marc Jacobs showcased his Spring Summer 2017 My Twisted Reality womenswear collection at Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, closing this season’s New York Fashion Week. For bright and colorful SS17 collection, Marc collaborated with British artist and illustrator Julie Verhoeven, who created modern cartoon imagery used in landscape patch-working across all product categories. As always, Jacobs runway was filled with supermodels such as Adriana Lima, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Irina Shayk,Jamie Bochert, Jourdan Dunn, Julia Nobis, Karlie Kloss, Sara Sampaio, and the IT girls like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid to name a few. In charge of styling was Katie Grand, with beauty work from hair stylist Guido Palau and makeup artist Francois Nars. Set design is work of Stefan Beckman, with casting direction from Anita Bitton.

“The collection, Marc’s interpretation of “twisted street wear,”features a wide range of looks built around a rising hemline. Denim is key, shown in bright colors with a velvety flocked and shiny satin effect. Cotton twill provides the base for camouflage printed military jackets and slim cargo pants. A silver leather motor jacket with fox fur sleeves, belted hot pink suede trench, rainbow washed sequin coat with mink collar, and a patch-worked suede ¾length coat round out a bold lightweight outwear offering. Mini dresses in embroidered sheer lace, iridescent sequins and metallic zebra prints and ruffled miniskirts show off playful embellished thigh-high socks. Hot pants in satin denim further emphasize the short silhouette, paired with strong shouldered embellished jackets. Artist Julie Verhoeven’s graphic illustrations cover a satin denim jacket via python and suede appliques as well as striped cashmere sweatshirts. Featuring modern iconography including hairdryers, electrical outlets, castles, frog, lips, rainbow colored teeth and a skyline of New York, the Marc Jacobs x Julie Verhoeven python shoulder bags, cotton twill backpacks and leather messenger bags perfectly compliment the feminine ready-to-wear. Exaggerated platforms provide the perfect pedestal once again, this time in colorful patch-worked thigh highs, trompe l’oeil athletic-sock boots and velvet sandals with metallic embroidery detail.” –  Marc Jacobs


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Marc Jacobs doesn’t produce small runway shows. Whether presenting his eponymous line or a collection for French fashion house Louis Vuitton (which Jacobs helmed from 1997 to 2014), his events are always memorable. Today, the designer debuted the Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2017 collection in the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, closing out New York Fashion Week as he does every year—and with stunning impact. Guests were treated to a display of 1,500 individual lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling and grease slicks on the floor, a dreamy yet gritty environment for the energetic, colorful collection. Just before the models—a star-studded lineup that included Adriana Lima, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid—took the runway for the finale walk, all of the bare bulbs flickered in rapid succession. The effect was reminiscent of Yayoi Kusuma’s twinkling infinity mirrored rooms, but the inspiration was actually derived from decidedly less precious locales: Old New York nightclubs. We spoke to Stefan Beckman, the man behind all of the brand’s recent shows, about what was on Jacobs’s mood board and how the latest event came to life.

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READY for a rave at 2pm-sharp on a sunny New York afternoon? The answer to that question doesn’t really matter because Marc Jacobs gave us one anyway for the grand finale show of the week. Played out to a Nineties nostalgic soundtrack of Underworld’s Born Slippy (which would have resonated with front row attendees, Courtney Love, Rachel Feinstein and Terry Richardson, probably less likely, his girls on the runway – Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn, and Karlie Kloss), Jacobs transformed the Hammerstein Ballroom into a Blade Runner-inspired underground club night, asphalt stage set with puddles and some 1,500 dangling twinkling light bulbs.

It was a convincing techni-coloured line-up of girlish club looks; his girls, with hair piled up high into rainbow-coloured dreadlocks, stomped out atop giant Ziggy Stardust-seven-inch platform boots dressed in skinny-sleeved silver snakeskin coats, day-glo rugby shirts, satin hotpants, negligees, stripy hooded sweatshirts, micro suede skirts, camo and shrunken Seventies jackets and every other bit of kit spotted on a 20-something during the mid-Nineties. Dissected, or worn loaded up all at once, it was kooky and cute and everything a girl could want from Jacobs’s oeuvre.

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If there’s one big takeaway from New York Fashion Week, it’s the designers’ instinct to boost the collective American spirit. This election cycle hasn’t been one of uplift—doom is more like it. In response, some designers have opted for sunny brights and flowers. Others have turned to show tunes. Marc Jacobs organized a rave. If things do end up going to hell in a handbasket, we might as well all go out for one last, big rager, right? At least that was what the Marc Jacobs set up felt like at the Hammerstein Ballroom, where Stefan Beckman built an elevated, grease-slicked stage and above it strung thousands of little lights.
Jacobs’s models sported candy-colored dreadlocks and platforms that seemed even higher than the ones he sent out last Fall; from dreads to toe, they must’ve topped 7 feet. In between, there was sparkle, satin, and snakeskin, along with doses of chilled-out denim and camouflage. He merged his lower-priced Marc by Marc Jacobs range with his main line little more than a year ago, and since then there’s been quite a spread between the haute stuff and the more commercially minded jeans and army jackets. Inevitably, the finer pieces were more compelling today: mod, fur-collared, A-line coats in metallic lamé or rainbow-patterned holographic sequins; a crocheted cardigan sprouting feathers at the shoulders; Kiki Willems’s show-opening metallic doublet jacket.

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Models: Abby Hendershot, Adriana Lima, Alice Metza, Bella Hadid, Binx Walton, Cheyenne Keuben, Dasha Khlystun, Dilia Martins, Elizabeth Moore, Ella Zadavysvichka, Ellen Rosa, Estella Boersma, Faretta , Gigi Hadid, Grace Hartzel, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Irina Shayk, Issa Lish, Jamie Bochert, Jessie Bloemendaal, Jourdan Dunn, Julia Nobis, Karlie Kloss, Karly Loyce, Kendall Jenner, Kiki Willems, Langley Fox, Lexi Boling, Liany Gomez, Lili Sumner, Lululeika Ravn Liep, Luping Wang, Marjan Jonkman, Mica Arganaraz, Michi Delane, Ondria Hardin, Riley Montana, Rina Fukushi, Ros Georgiou, Sara Sampaio, Sora Choi, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill, Teddy Quinlivan, Veronika Vilim, Vittoria Ceretti, Willy Morsch, Yasmin Wijnaldum

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