Marc Jacobs New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 | Nordstrom Blog

Marc Jacobs New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 | Nordstrom Blog


NYFW has come to a close and we've officially crossed the pond but before we get started with London Fashion Week,
we just have a few loose ends to tie up...

For as long as most fashion people can remember, Marc Jacobs has closed New York Fashion Week with a presentation at the Armory on Park Avenue. This season's venue move to the Ziegfeld Theatre was a clue that the show would indeed be a show -in the manner of campy hijinx and cabaret.

All images by Jessa Carter

Models walked down a red-roped red carpet outside the legendary movie house, popped and locked in front a step-and-repeat and then entered the main arena where buyers, editors and clients sat with their own Marc Jacobs popcorn and playbills.

Check out our scrapbook of this highly theatrical event -and the Old Hollywood Americana looks featured there.

As much as the collection referenced the glory days of matinees and handsome sailors home from war, those ideas were, like the very show itself, tweaked. Edges were frayed, graffiti-like illustrations served as patterns and prints, showgirls were transported to the grunge era and even the sequins seemed a little subversive.

A live band played a cover of the New York Doll's "Trash," and the makeup and hair direction went toward a certain derelict chic, too. NARS director Francois Nars told the New York Times, "We're breaking all the cosmetic rules. It's a look you get from being out all night, sweating-without looking too undone."

"It's very downtown rock-more like a rough glamour," he said. Yet at times it seemed as new wave as rock, and as Eastern European as lower Manhattan. Nail artist Jin Soon and hairstylist Guido Palau were collaborators.

It's tempting to guess at what Jacobs might be saying regarding showbiz culture or entertainment in America-but that's probably because the theater setting puts one in the mind of theme, allegory, satire, tragedy, comedy and drama.

There was drama in spades, sure, but once these pieces are out from underneath the bright lights of Broadway and shown inside our smaller, more intimate venues, they're going to feel incredibly wearable and adaptable to real life.

Which isn't to say you won't want to keep Jacob's vaudeville alive- if only in spirit.

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-Laura Cassidy and Jessa Carter

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