October 14, 2016
Okay, so the backlash from Marc Jacobs’s recent controversial dreadlocks stunt was pretty out of control. And that was expected, considering how insensitivity could easily spark off confusion and feelings of unjust amongst an entire misrepresented community. We take it that your anger may not have simmered down much by now, but fret not, we’ve already addressed the gratuitous hairdo choices the house has made. Right now, we’ll be focussing on the apparel itself, which seemed to have lost its limelight amongst all the hurly-burly.
The aggressively glamorous looks were evocative of the disco era, where nothing was taken too seriously – quite an ironic statement – as compared to the state of modern day society. One look at the pieces and you already know it; these clothes just want to have fun. They’re bold and exotic, fresh and colourful. We even spotted multiple reflective metallic numbers which would have played the role of a disco ball if the show were a club. Some pieces were pretty commercial, – ah, classic Marc Jacobs – as the cool-chic house sent camo prints, A-line skirts, preppy sweater-over-shirt looks down the runway. But then, there were also outlandish looks which were more compelling; jackets with feather-like textures sprouting from the shoulders, towering go go boots paired with knee high candy socks, and outrageously Empire-style puffed sleeves and laced bodices. Marc Jacobs was generous with the prints and colours this time round, playing with an exuberant palette of garish, exotic prints. You can tell he had tons of fun building an all-nonsense-only capsule which was open to his experimentation from the brassy colour blocking of suede jackets and sheer dresses which – unapologetically -did not do their job in covering the models’ assets. Oh well, such is the seductive, provocative attitude which surrounds Disco.
Cover image from @marcjacobs’ Instagram.