Today's Marc by Marc Jacobs show proved that the spectacle of fashion even in New York- that most commercial of all the fashion cities- can exert a strong political message. Sitting in the sweltering humidity of the Chelsea pier venue, the FROW was almost melting but when the first beats of Jeffrey Lewis' anti-Kremlin anthem 'WWPRD' an abbreviation for “What Would Pussy Riot Do?” boomed through, we knew we were in for a politically minded Marc by Marc Jacobs collection.
The first looks out were replete with graphic radio signal prints suggesting perhaps the power of the Riot's democratic message to spread across the globe.Sheeny satin was the key fabric of the show with tailoring in pastel shades and colour blocked bomber 'n' short combos shining in the camera light. Sequin covered dresses in petrol blue and iridescent minis further added to the gleam.
Particularly successful was a look comprising of a full length satin dress layered with a humble cotton coat recalling the proportions of Jacobs' A/W 2013 show for Louis Vuitton. This time though the look was paired with high tops. Elsewhere it was the trouser- this season's hero item - that took centre stage. Slouchy and but effortlessly chic, these are the perfect pants we'll all be wanting to get our hands on come spring.
A final motif of jagged edged flashes mixed with stars closed proceedings with a bang and left only Lewis' lyrics to add the final note. “What is this -- the Middle Ages? Let those women out of those cages! WWPRD?!" A potent message indeed.