Marc Jacobs and the Monumental Dream of New York

Fashion week ended with a designer who thinks big. Finally.

Comments: 17

  1. A former New Yorker loves this article. So beautifully written I felt like I was there. I certainly would have liked too. Thank you Vanessa for reminding us all how inspiring and wonderful clothes can be even and that good design prevails. Given that Mr. Jacobs will be featured in this weeks Sunday paper the timing is perfect.

  2. YES! And I don’t just mean Young East Sider! BUT...here we are now. The only constant is change. I’m a NY 80s child with 18 year old daughters born in Manhattan but raised in Colorado. Their world belongs to them and their cohort. That Marc Jacobs is communicating with dancers and movement and these gorgeous clothes makes sense. There’s really no words, anymore.

  3. The wardrobe of a city that once was, filling skyscraper boardrooms and ballrooms, typist pools and art collectives, and may never be again. The clothes of the dream that was New York.....this really says it all. Thanks Vanessa!

  4. Gorgeous clothes, wonderful review. Feeling inspired by both. Thank you.

  5. As a professional within the fashion world I have attended hundreds of shows in NYC and Europe. Long retired now I read this and saw a video as well and realized this will long be remembered as an amazing show due to the clothes. The vibrancy of them and the ability to see actually worn in real life. I confess that few shows I was witness to jog my memory now. Yes a few indeed. This - if I were still working in that world - would certainly stay alive in memory for quite awhile. Job well done Marc.

  6. For years now we live in an America where dress is defined by a unisex uniform. Tee shirt/shirt, pants, hoodie with variations of that template. The clothing presented here generates a nostalgia for those eras when dressing for the day was a fashion statement presented for public view. Sadly today, what reigns is the roll out of bed, out the door look.

  7. Beautifully written. This could be your Pulitzer submission.

  8. That Guy Trebay and Vanessa Friedman have both chosen to eulogize what is now only a New York of the mind makes me sad coming to terms with what that means because I spent my youth there-- and I do meant SPENT. But it also makes me glad I left 16 years ago for sunnier climes out west and part time in my rust belt hometown, now flourishing. I spent a long weekend in New York last month, thinking it just long enough to suspend my disbelief of what it has become. But alas, in the middle of a snowstorm we spontaneously stumbled into Barneys on Madison only to find prices slashed and a shamble of picked over shelves. In shock, I hastily texted photos of the wreckage to another former New Yorker on the west coast. His response was, "Things change."

  9. Absolutely amazing!

  10. The clothes are nostalgic, well-cut, wearable, but ultimately...boring. Peter Pan collars, minis and vests, wide-cut coats, I’d love to see women wearing these looks on the street, it’s true. A nice Jacobs collection. But, sigh, there’s nothing original and grabbing here, and I get the feeling these days that a lot of young women end up wearing normcore clothes because all the options bore, basically. Bring on Janelle Monae and Nathalie Portman’s Oscar looks: hoods, capes, Billy Porter’s feathers. Fashion needs more wearable wow.

  11. These clothes are wonderful.

  12. There was a time when Fashion Week was the buzz of the city or at least it felt like a larger part of the city was aware of it. With the democratization of fashion, these shows just feel inconsequential. A major New York industry event didn't get widespread media an it's dwindling each year. Designer visions just don't metastasize onto the streets like in fashionable days of yore. With the rise of fast fashion, more importance is placed on buying accessories (bags and jewelry) than the clothing. Do fashion shows matter anymore and is this best way for designers to reach out to retailers and consumers?

  13. @MRT I remember that time and how it truly affected fashion everywhere (especially at the stores I could afford to shop at). Fashion seems all over the place now and yes, I believe, too much emphasis on accessories rather than clothes.

  14. Exquisite. Wearable for all sizes and shapes. Quality. Wow.

  15. Each garment looks like it was made for Barbie out of single pieces of cloth and Velcro.

  16. Why not a photo of Elite Model Aaron Philip wearing a glorious Marc Jacobs as she poses in her wheelchair? This trans model with cerebral palsy should have been on the RUNWAY!!! Not enough to just have her on the side. She should be celebrated as should Marc’s designs! Next year on Marc Jacobs’ runway! Shout it loud! Come on Marc! You can do it!!!

  17. YES!YES!YES! New York should never forget its power. This outstanding article was a call to action that everyone in NY fashion needs to hear!!