For one of the most anticipated shows of Spring Summer 2015, Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley created a night club scene at Pier 94 for their Marc By Marc Jacobs presentation on Sept. 9, 2014. We were invited to attend the show as a guest of Fiji Water, which has been keeping everyone hydrated at the hottest shows like Prabal Gurung, DKNY and Rodarte. We are excited to share our exclusive observations from the show. It was definitely a highlight of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
The Marc Jacobs show was so anticipated and in demand, it literally stopped traffic. Guests had trouble arriving as traffic was at stand still due to the anticipation of the show and its high caliber guests. It was attended by celebrities from as far as Europe, Korea, and China who came to see this show in person, as well as high ranking magazine editors from all over the world. Celebrities we spotted included Alexa Chung, Anna Dello Russo, Tabitha Simmons, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Tennessee Thomas, and Robert Duffy. To set the mood, the designers chose a spunky nightclub tune for the models to walk to, and created juxtaposition for their quirky and whimsical clothes.
In the collection, Hillier and Bartley used quite a bit of plastic in preparation for spring showers, while still looking chic. They also used the same plastic to create twist Bralets for the models to tuck tees in and to wear over tops. They also debuted some very daytime appropriate slip dresses that resembled effortless summer dresses with a satin sheen. They updated the classic trench coat by subtracting the lapels and the buttons to create a trench-hoodie hybrid. The collection also recreated the popular jumpsuit by giving it a more utilitarian look by adding cargo pockets and ties, not only updating it, but making it very functional as well. Amid these more daring pieces, they hid some very wearable looks such as a cropped fitted dress shirt and an origami skirt as well as an all black ensemble with a tank top that featured cargo pockets paired with a wide leg ninja pant. They also prolonged the crop trend by adding some structured cropped tees, long sleeved tops, and jackets.
The ambiance then switched from a high energy club atmosphere to become more relaxed as a classical tune started playing when the Marcy by Marc Jacobs patch dresses glided down the runway. The collection also played with the concept of patchwork – they replaced half of a shirt with a different fabric and sewed the ruffled layers of a skirt to one side. They used this technique to mix and match different colors, prints and textures to create whimsical and quirky looks for spring. With these patched dresses, blocked sections of the top or bottom would be draped or twisted a certain way to add more interest to the piece. The finale was a standout, which was a combination of a blue polka dot bubble wrap textured fabric matched with a heather grey top, paired with an asymmetrical triple micro-pleated skirt in silver and tangerine layers. Guests were given Marc Jacobs’ new fragrance, Daisy Dream, on the way out. It was an epic presentation. Thanks again to the Fiji Water team for having us as their guest.