“Several months ago I watched a documentary called, “HIP-HOP EVOLUTION.” The 4-part series chronicles the poignant and pivotal cultural movement that reshaped and redefined the landscape of music which gave way to a whole new language of style.
As a born and bred New Yorker, it was during my time at the High School of Art and Design when I began to see and feel the influence of hip-hop on other music as well as art and style. This collection is my representation of the well-studied dressing up of casual sportswear. It is an acknowledgment and gesture of my respect for the polish and consideration applied to fashion from a generation that will forever be the foundation of youth culture street style.”
Spring 2017 sees a bright, colorful response to the gothic Fall 2016 show. The collection, Marc’s interpretation of “twisted street wear,” features a wide range of looks built around a rising hemline. Denim is key, shown in bright colors with a velvety flocked and shiny satin effect. Cotton twill provides the base for camouflage printed military jackets and slim cargo pants. A silver leather motor jacket with fox fur sleeves, belted hot pink suede trench, rainbow washed sequin coat with mink collar, and a patch-worked suede ¾length coat round out a bold lightweight outwear offering. Mini dresses in embroidered sheer lace, iridescent sequins and metallic zebra prints and ruffled miniskirts show off playful embellished thigh-high socks. Hot pants in satin denim further emphasize the short silhouette, paired with strong-shouldered embellished jackets. Artist Julie Verhoeven’s graphic illustrations cover a satin denim jacket via python and suede appliques as well as striped cashmere sweatshirts. Featuring modern iconography including hairdryers, electrical outlets, castles, frog, lips, rainbow-colored teeth and a skyline of New York, the Marc Jacobs x Julie Verhoeven python shoulder bags, cotton twill backpacks and leather messenger bags perfectly compliment the feminine ready-to-wear. Exaggerated platforms provide the perfect pedestal once again, this time in colorful patch-worked thigh highs, trompe l’oeil athletic-sock boots and velvet sandals with metallic embroidery detail.
Julie Verhoeven is a British artist and illustrator known for her whimsical designs, heavy with pop culture references. Collaborating with Marc Jacobs for the Spring 2017 collection, Verhoeven created modern cartoon imagery used in landscape patch-working across all product categories.
With a palette focused on the warm neutral colors camel, ginger, brown, gold, red, maroon and silhouettes borrowed from casual attire and sportswear, dressing for “everyday” is as simple as a coat over a dress, a sweater with pants or the casual polish of a track suit.
Character and identity as expressed through accessories:
Shoes range from rustic to smart in both rugged and waxed or antiqued and high polished leathers.
Casual and practical handbags in supple waxed pythons, vinyl looking leathers, and naturally tanned leathers get a graphic treatment through stitch details, color-blocking and contrast border and bindings.
Amped up gold jewelry provides the glam and celebrates my collaboration with artist Urs Fischer whose charming, sculpted and gilded mice pendants swing from heavy gold chains.
Pumped up hats by Stephen Jones take their cues from the haberdashery and elegance of Andre 3000.
Beauty takes an individual approach tailored to the character of each model. Statement nails add a fabulous flourish and finish.
The show itself is a simple presentation of all these thoughts culminating in an urban landscape documented by legendary New York photographer Joel Meyerowitz.