Recently unveiled in New York, the Marc Jacobs Resort 2017 presentation was filled with a colorful ode to the ’80s.
The show featured an extensive selection of mixed-print offerings, embroidered embellishments and, most notably, an MTV sweatshirt whose logo, decorated three ways, recalled a time when the music network considered the medium as art.
“We took Fall and made it kitsch, and went from YouTube back to MTV,” he said backstage. In keeping with the 24-hour music channel in its early days theme, Duran Duran played on the sound system, and the models wore their hair tightly crimped, their eyes darkly outlined. “I’m fried,” he said, “like the models’ hair.”
Paradise was variously printed and embroidered on the backs of jackets, but Jacobs said it wasn’t a nod to Paradise Garage, the famous New York in the ’80s discotheque. “Just paradise, this fictitious idea.” Real or virtual, he painted quite a picture: zebra stripes mixed with leopard spots, which clashed with racing checks; out-to-there crinolines were only outclassed by the exuberant puff sleeves of prairie dresses; and lace dresses came patch-worked with toucans and tropical flowers and martinis.