Marc Jacobs’ Fall/Winter presentation was the perfect finale to heat up a freezing fashion week. On February 18th, at the Park Avenue Armory, he sent sixty-five looks down the runway to the rapt attention of fashion editors, buyers, and a celebrity-filled front row that included Sandra Bernhard, Juliette Lewis, Kiernan Shipka, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Ratajkowski, Rachel Feinstein, Debi Mazar, Natasha Lyonne, and Christina Ricci. The most famous presence at the show was Lady Gaga and she wasn’t sitting down. Along with Kendall Jenner, Gaga, who was billed under her given name, Stefani Germanotta, made a mid show appearance donning a gray coat with fur muff sleeves, a bowed blouse, and towering heels. She was asked to join the runway lineup only a few days before, on the night of the Grammys, when she donned Marc Jacobs SS16 on the red carpet. Despite her star status, she downplayed her first runway walk, explaining, “My whole goal is to be here for Marc, making his vision come to life. It’s not about me, it’s about the clothes.”
Check out a video of the show from Marc Jacob’s Instagram feed:
Lady G needn’t worry about eclipsing the clothes because the massive collection had enough elements to keep people talking for days. Jacobs proved himself as fashion’s best mash-up artist by combining a headspinning amount of textures, prints, details, and references. Fitted concert sweatshirts and uber long varsity pullovers had exaggerated lace doily collars; rodents and felines coexisted in prints by artist and drag performer, Tabboo!; and different length furs were layered in a derelict diva look. That doesn’t even cover the evening wear which ranged from swirly silver lamé to gothic lace cut-out ballgowns paired with full capes and oversized outerwear. Hair and makeup added yet another layer to the collaged collection, each model sported 1920s style finger waves, gothic black lips, and sooty eyeshadow. Anchoring each look were towering platform heels that provided playful pops of dusty pastels among the dark tones of the collection. Even his own attire made a statement, the designer came out for the show finale wearing a tee that he designed for Hillary Clinton’s “Made for History” line. From head to toe and start to finish, Jacobs captured the previously waning attention of New York fashionistas. Although an ultra famous musician, and an Instagram It-girl walked his runway it was still the clothes that were the most talked about at the end of the night and that’s how it should be.