Marc Jacobs SS17 Show was the delight of NYFW as per usual as it is the surprise everyone awaits to discover.
As per usual, the Marc Jacobs SS17 show was something that no one anticipated- hanging lights, oil stains on the catwalk and mega platform boots and colourful dreads- a hairstyle Jacobs was criticised for as he was using a typically black hair style on white models.
Despite what his opponents say the show was a work of art borrowing from several references- completely unrelated to cultural heritage of the black community. The dread hairstyle is a reference from the rave party scene in the 90s and the movie the Matrix.
Although this was the predominant theme, Jacobs merged a few other references to build his spectacular collection. They are:
It’s almost impossible to think of the 80s and to ignore iconic musicians David Bowie and Prince. Marc Jacobs borrowed ideas from 80s concert stag clothes like metallic lilacs, Victorian button up blouses and fur scarfs to develop key pieces in his collection.
Apart from Pop, funk is another vastly influential trend shaping the 80s. Marc Jacobs used 80s funk inspired elements like leopard prints, bomber jackets and knee high socks that borrow from the funk music scene, initiated mainly by Madonna.
The rave scene that was predominant in New York and other global cities in the mid 90s were a community that wore dreads and colored their hair in flourescent colors to attend techno parties.
Finally Marc Jacobs borrows from Anime and J-Pop fashion, predominant in Harajuku and Akihabara to refine elements of his collection. The exaggerated heels, girly dresses and colors are very typical J-Pop details.