Three things to discuss about Marc Jacobs SS17 besides the dreadlocks
Some things to rave about
Here's a refresher: Marc Jacobs orchestrated a fantastical show of "twisted street wear" in anticipation of the spring season with nary a shortage of the glitz and quirk derived from rave culture, club kids and Boy George circa 1980.
While some may argue that the "street" referenced is more likely a busy avenue in Harajuku—as gleaned from the frilly frocks and multi-coloured confection that walked the runway—the designer maintains that it came from a place of diversification in response to the gothic AW16 show. "I felt we should do something friendlier, kinder, pretty, lots of prints...Our interpretation of street wear."
As seen, a lot went down in the show; not least, the borrowed hairdo that sparked a debate on cultural ownership on the interwebs. Nonetheless, there is much to unpack from a collection as richly sown into as this. So, here are three things you need to know about Marc Jacobs SS17:
1. The bounty of wearable pieces
"This is what girls wear on the street: denim, camouflage all that kind of stuff...but I did it my way."
Under regular light and away from the galaxy of sparkling bulbs, conspicuous pastel dreads, and those microscopic shorts of Look 1, an assortment of whimsical but wearable pieces can easily be disassembled from the full collection.
A classic denim jacket is spruced up with patches, embroidery, badges and colourful edge treatments; colour blocking and sky blue sleeves lend a cropped suede one some serious retro vibes; a sandy jumper sports intentional frays to reveal metallic rainbow yarn beneath; and of course, the silver moto jacket with faux fur shoulders should top every lust-list.
2. The colourful collaboration
"Hairdryers, castles, rabbits, lips, rainbow colored teeth and a skyline for New York" are amongst the many components scattered across the lineup in a elaborate array of patchwork and embellishment. The brains behind the art—Julie Verhoeven—hails from Great Britain and has made a quite a name for herself as an artist and highly sought after illustrator in the fashion sphere. Starting her career with John Galliano, she has contributed to multiple labels since; with Marc Jacobs' Louis Vuitton being one.
For their second collaboration at his namesake brand, the pair conjured up a unique landscape of optimistic imagery rendered in a characteristically cartoonish tone. These inform the biggest cross-category story of the season—Verhoeven's designs transverse the RTW, shoes and bags across all price points.
3. The innovative new format
The Sling is introduced. With a convertible concept at the core, versatility is the name of the game with this new bag. Its soft calf leather adapts and folds beautifully in every shape. Discreet nickel hardware and dual exterior pockets add edge to the casual elegance. Just with a simple adjustment of the utilitarian strap, carry The Sling in three distinctively different ways: a classic hobo, a useful cross body or a functional knapsack.
4. The bonus fact
The Spring/Summer 2017 collection is now available in stores and online at www.marcjacobs.com.