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Marc Jacobs Crushes Valentine's Day, In A Good Way (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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*Scroll down for photos from the show*

The last time I went to the Marc Jacobs show--which happened to be my first time at a Marc Jacobs show--I was pretty dazzled.

This time was a little more tame, maybe because the event is so overwhelming that your system just sort of shuts down. There must be a medical term for this condition.

On my way in, I ran into Marc's ex Lorenzo Martone.

a) It's nice that they're still friends. From the photos below, it appears they sat together at the after-dinner.
b) Lorenzo was elated because his client Irina Shayk had landed the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover. They had just found out, he told me, and "she was crying."

But I digress. Inside the room it was so dark and the floors so mirrored that I practically had to crawl to my seat. The center columns were cushioned with white pleather and the music was serene (the Chinatown score, according to I still need to see that movie). This will be such a romantic show, I thought as I settled into my seat. It was Valentine's Day, after all, and I love Valentine's Day.

HA! At 7:58, the show began (two minutes early, thank you) with a deafening blast of "Beautiful People" by Marilyn Manson. Side note: my pet peeve is when designers don't use music to their advantage. They're artists... so be artistic! But this song, paired with all the graceful, beautifully tailored models clomping down the runway in enormous goth-punk wedges, was brilliantly effective. It was, dare I say, fierce.

I captured this little video of the finale on my iPhone, though it doesn't quite convey how wobbly those models were on their wedges.

Here's the Marilyn Manson video, in case it's been a while.

Fall is never as much fun as spring, and the same goes for fashion collections. Jacobs' spring/summer 2011 collection was feminine and fun and whimsical and disco in all the right ways. This collection was dark, tailored, and a tad more severe. There were wartime undertones in the 1940s suits...but it was the chinstrap hats reminiscent of cigarette girls that really had me swooning.

And here's the show itself. What do you think? (Photos by AP, Getty, Patrick McMullan... and me.)

Here's what the Twitter critics had to say.

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