Jaws dropped at the Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2010 show last Monday, and not for the usual reasons. There were no bold neons. No screaming prints. Not even a particularly eccentric hairstyle.
For the first time in his life, Jacobs delivered a collection that was delightfully subdued.
There were simple suits in muted tones, below the knee hemlines in classic shapes, even sweet little ankle socks peeking from underneath vintage-inspired t-strap sandals. When all set to the soft whispering of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, also, appropriately, the collection’s name, everything looked just so, well, sweet. Like delicate, pink faced girls, quietly sipping tea.
My go-to guru Tavi, [who was, of course, front row] said rather eloquently:
The models resembled the tiny graceful figurines that spin in an opened jewelry box, or the human sums of numerous collages crafted by young dreamers out of magazine clippings and backyard finds. There was a clear air of foggy nostalgia that drifted throughout the room, clinging to coattails in shades of pale yellow and grey.
But what would provoke Mr. Jacobs, king of the bold print and eccentric shape, to create something so traditional?
According to Style.com after the show Jacobs said:
It’s refreshing to see something that isn’t trying so hard to be new. There’s so much striving for newness now that newness feels less new.
And I think that quite accurately captures this collection’s essence– where so many are trying to create the wackiest most out-there looks, perhaps true innovation is reworking the styles and silhouettes of ages past. And when coming from a designer so traditionally non-traditional, the classic look certainly makes a new kind of statement. It’s a modern twist on age-old Americana. How ’bout an A-line skirt with that apple pie?