Marc Jacobs has slowly been building into my ultimate obsession and I think that after seeing his Fall '09 collection, it is 100% official. He is a fashion genius and at times a fashion god. He has the amazing ability to transform his vision, his inspiration into at times controversial, at times awe-inspiring designs that push our limits and make us stand up and cheer. More than any other designer, he brings to life an era, an idea in such a way that it forces us to look forward instead of looking back. Something as literal as his grunge collection felt forward thinking and his Fall 2009 nod to the 80's does the same. Marc Jacobs 80's feels more like what the 80's would look like if they happened now or even ten years from now...less Pat Benetar, less Madonna, more Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cameron Diaz.
Sure the collection was filled with the requisite 80's shoulders, "Flashdance" knits and tutu-shaped skirts, but the resemblance was blurred by his purely modern aesthetic. Marc Jacobs's shoulders were sculpted and architectural, not angular and severe...his knits revealed skin only by perfectly formed opening, not by the intentional ripping and tearing of a garment...his hard-edged skirt and dress shapes were organically draped, paneled and pleated, not formed by messy layers of tulle and lace. The color palette was at times subdued, at times eye-popping, yet always balanced. Neons were used in an intelligent manner...almost as a way to highlight the neutrals they were paired with and not to steal the show. Marc Jacobs continues to be the true mix master. His talent for mixing pattern, print, texture and color is unparalleled and he constantly challenges that which makes sense. The effect is always dramatic and rich!!!
I loved almost every look, every piece, everything about this show (ok maybe not the hair) and I will be shocked if any other collection will inspire me more this season. Marc Jacobs is the ultimate trend maker and for this I am truly grateful!!!