>> The baton twirler broke out of the pink and purple-lit backstage, flipping and jumping and...twirling (surprise!) The Penn State band marched forward, jiving to the drum line's beats. When all were in place on the runway, the band broke out into a rendition of Nirvana's Smells like Teen Spirit -- the fifth time Mr. Marc Jacobs has included the song on his runway soundtrack. Why? "Because it's the anthem of teenage angst," Mr. Jacobs quipped backstage. But it wasn't just that song that was teen angsty -- the lighting reminiscent of a prom, the marching band, the screeching angsty woman who played soundtrack to the rest of the show -- it all seems a little high school to me for such a well-known designer. Even at the end of the show, golden ticker tape fell from the ceiling, like the prom king and queen had just been announced. "I was thinking about American ceremonies with a dark side," quoth Mr. Jacobs. "It was about all the cliches of American dressing, a play on proportions, keeping the volume but making it more anecdotal."
Yes, well. I definitely saw the schoolgirl resemblance in outfits like these two, what with the knee socks, the long pleated skirt, the white long-sleeve shirt, and the suspendered dress (above). And then there were the 80's-looking bad prom dresses with too many tiers, as well as too much metallic gold fabric (left).
Overall, I can't say there was too much I liked. But we all know that I'm not an aficionado of the ol' MJ mojo. I did, however, like this very girl-who-skips-class-to-smoke-in-the-bathroom look (right). And the other thing I thoroughily enjoyed was Mr. MJ's use of back detailing. Some of the dresses were quite plain Jane on the front, but had some redeeming twist on the back. I wish I had some good pictures, but the best thing I can suggest is going to the Marc Jacobs site and watching the runway video -- my favorite example is probably the gray dress that Gemma Ward wears towards the end of the show (above).
**sources: international herald-tribune