I just want you all to picture this for a second: You’re in (most likely) very uncomfortable shoes, and you’ve been tasked with walking down a full-scale red carpet in front of the famous Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan, posing in front of a massive step-and-repeat while photographers yell at you to face them and stand still, walking through the concession stand in the theater without stopping for treats because life is hard sometimes, then walking down toward the stage, up toward the audience, back down toward the stage again, back up again, and then you’re asked to stand around while the real star of the stage takes their bow. (I’m exhausted just from typing that.)
Sounds like I just described a massive Hollywood premiere, right? Well, it’s not. And it’s not a Taylor Swift music video, either. No, it was Marc Jacobs‘ S/S 16 Runway Show at New York Fashion Week, and it was, quite possibly, the best finale to any NYFW ever. I’m really not even exaggerating.
Jacobs pulled out all the stops for what he was promoting as the #MarcJacobsPremiere. He used 500-seat Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan as his venue (hence the movie premiere-esque red carpet, stage, and audience I mentioned earlier), choosing to stray, for the first time, from his usual space at the Park Avenue Armoury; he hired a full band to provide the music for the show, a welcome change from the booming bass and DJs of pretty much every other show; and he hired more than a handful of supermodels, including Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls, and Emily Ratajkowski, who made her runway debut, as well as singer-songwriter Beth Ditto (just wait ’til you see her look). On top of all of that, he debuted a whopping 61 looks (!!) all embellished and repeat-printed, with a perfect beauty look that would make all walk of shame-ers proud.
In a NYFW full of neutrals, ’70s inspo, girly lace, and grunge, it was great to finally see some serious showmanship (no offense, Betsey Johnson—as much I love your shows, I always expect more than a dash of crazy fun) in Jacobs’ work. There are more than a few pieces I’ll be coveting, but rather than walk you all through an itemized list (unless there are any Marc Jacobs PR people out there, in which case I’d be thrilled to go through an itemized list, along with my size and measurements, whatever you need, really!), let’s just take a look at some of the amazing looks we got to see last night:
This was one of my favorites, mostly because if I ever got the chance to wear it, I’d probably never take it off. The hint of embellished plaid shorts underneath the printed skirt-and-blazer combo just makes me so happy.
I would wear that jacket all day, every day. I don’t even care how much I would sweat in it in the summertime. Also, if someone could tell me who this model is, I would appreciate it, because I’ve been seeing her EVERYWHERE this week, and I think I’m in love.
Oh look, I found Kendall Jenner, the Queen of NYFW! She was probably the biggest chameleon of all the shows—she was in at least five of the ones that I saw via livestream, and I was only able to actively identify her in two of them. For anyone who says she gets her modeling jobs just because of who her family is, let that be a testament to how good of a model she is.
And here’s Emily Ratajkowski’s runway debut, for posterity.
This is the one look of the night that made me smile uncontrollably, and honestly, it’s because I wasn’t expecting see a normal woman among the crop of super-slim, super-tall runway models. I’ve always loved Marc Jacobs for the fact that his clothes fit the everywoman as well as they fit his models, and I absolutely love that he gave his most glamorous, old Hollywood piece of the night to none other than Beth Ditto.
And here’s the penultimate look of the night! It’s not the finale, simply because I couldn’t find a good shot of the final look, but this is very similar, and either way, is it not totally gorgeous?
(Photos: Getty Images)