This was a sparkling collection. From the lamé fabrics to the soaring soundtrack and the mirrored set it was pure, old-style Hollywood escapism. I could be way off the mark here but it seemed to me, from beginning to end it was an homage to classic Americana. For S/S ‘09, Marc Jacobs tipped his hat to all the down home icons. There was the Gerschwin music, Rhapsody in Blue, sounding like the orchestration of a New York street. The mirrored runway was like a classic Busby Berkeley set. There were dames right out of Dashiell Hammett in sharp double-breasted suits and ¾-length trousers. There were Tennessee Williams heroines in lamé dresses. There was even Aunty Em (from The Wizard of Oz) in tartan shirt, apron-wrap dress and crisp straw boater. And the finale featured sinuous jersey dresses that were pure 1970s Studio 54. As America's current woman of the moment seems to be moose-burger eating, 'pitball wearing lipstick' Sarah Palin, it was great to be reminded of a past that was full of vibrant and glamorous gals. Oh and by the way, colourful quilted bags with chain handles and lurex shoes with skyscraper teardrop heels were pretty fabulous too.
- By Paula Reed
Check out and rate the key looks yourself in the picture gallery below. Plus see which stars were on the front row - and partying afterwards - at the Marc Jacobs show.