NEW YORK — Marc Jacobs does the "show" part of a fashion show as well as he does the "fashion."
He closed New York Fashion Week on Thursday night with an elaborate production centered around a giant harvest moon that gave off a light that made everyone in the Lexington Avenue Armory appear is if they were in a black-and-white movie. (Photographers were told not to use their flashes.)
Screen sirens in their shiny paillette-covered loungewear – fashion code word for PJs – and glamorous lame and satin slip gowns dramatically circled the runway.
But that left the crowd of retailers, editors, stylists and celebrities, including Miley Cyrus, Sofia Coppola and Christina Ricci, likely wondering what the clothes really looked like.
Jacobs turned up the lights and did the model parade again to allow more focus on the details. It turned out the beaded gaucho outfit was bright purple and the fur skirt suit was green.
Hints of menswear crept into the collection, especially on tiny trouser-style boy shorts. One model wore those topless, wearing long gloves and her arm positioned across her chest.
A great coat has been the big statement piece during this round of designer previews for fall, and Jacobs entered several contenders: fancy robe-style wraps covered in big sequins, classy 1940s cashmere coats and a mannish one in a metallic mini-check pattern.
Some models wore fur stoles – with little animal heads – that showed how Jacobs likes to push the needle past the norm.
Then he came out and took his own bow in wine-colored silk loungewear.
Jacobs had been slated to show on Monday but cited delivery issues in the aftermath of last Friday's snowstorm in moving his slot.
Having his show wrap up Fashion Week makes it hard to predict trends but ends the frenzied eight days on a big, buzz-worthy note.
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