Marc Jacobs, you get us every time. The party-girl, rave ethos of Marc’s ready-to-wear Spring 2017 show certainly ended New York Fashion Week with a bang, and everybody has been talking about it non-stop since.
The show was held in the Hammerstein Ballroom, which was decked out with suspended lightbulbs, a grease-slicked runway and a dark blue aura, evocative of a night-sky. You might think this was romantic but guess again. Club music got the scene pumping, making the vibe undoubtedly that of a night out on the town, and, as the show closed, the bulbs began flashing like strobe lights.
20-year-old Dutch New Yorker Kiki Willhems opened the show in satin short-shorts and a cutesy brocade jacket with shoulder pads. The shoes are 7-inch (!!) platforms. Despite this, the sweet, Barbie-doll look works all the way through the collection, but the pastel colours quickly give way to pop-inspired pink and purple, darker animal prints, and look-at-me sparkles. The looks are quirky yet feminine, bold yet endearing and edgy yet laissez-faire.
They are clearly made for the young club-goer. She wears teeny hot pants, drinks cocktails, and isn’t afraid to get moving on the dance floor. Who better then to walk the runway than Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner? Both were clad in glitzy, sixties-inspired coats, mini-dresses and high-knee socks. (Note to self: wear this tomorrow).
Other models, all perfectly embodying the youthful party-gal spirit, were Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Taylor Hill, Jourdan Dunn, Sara Sampaio and Adriana Lima. All sported rainbow-coloured dreads piled onto their head in a huge mass of indie and counter-culture appeal.
Irina Shayk closed the show in purple hot pants, a quirky paisley shirt, and a huge fur-sleeved jacket. The pink and purple platforms are up there on our wistful to-buy list. Whether the platforms were snake-skinned, candy-coloured or electric blue, though, we want them all.
Whoopi Goldberg made a good point, saying, ‘I have too much butt for those shorts, but I want every pair of shoes!’.
Props to Marc Jacobs for putting the rave look back on our radar. Now please excuse us while we get ready for a night of clubbing.