Marc Jacobs’ A Different Drum
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Marc Jacobs presented his Fall ’09 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York February 16th with a pop that raised some eyebrows. Amidst the uniformly understated, stark, restrained and otherwise ascetic collections that have swept the runways since Friday, Jacob’s women walked tall in aggressive colors, shapes, and textures. Jacob’s defiance to conform to recession-era trends could be seen as a call to be strong and carry on or as an arrogant gesture of self indulgence.
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It is true that Jacobs has been making transition in his personal style from a quirky bookish man-child to flashy sex symbol. In some respects the transitions in his fashion collections have been paralleling his own. Though his work has always had heavy vintage inspiration, the cutesy, innocent elements of past seasons referencing the 1960s and 70′s have been all but been banished in exchange for the stoic power of the 1980′s.
See how his look has changed since 2004 with subtle steps: contacts, a deeper tan, bigger jewelry and more skin. The fall collection for 2009 might simply be an expression of a personal vision, unwavering in the face of a gloomy global climate.
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