Wow... that was the dorkiest fashion thing I've ever said.
Jacobs quotes all sorts of history as his inspiration for this line: 1940's tailored pants lines and prints, straw boater hats, something about an Yve's St Lauren's show from the 1970's, and the fashions of the women's suffrage movement!! (Did I mention swooooon??!) But what most of the reviewers are talking about is how Jacobs managed to create a complicated line of clothes that "embodies America." I'm not so sure that any one fashion line can embody ALL of America but I like watching him try.
(I want that waist-coat more than I want... well.. pretty much anything.)
What I do appreciate is the acknowledgment that fashion is complicated. Fashion, history, the history of fashion, historical fashions... all seriously complicated. Gender constructions inevitably factor in, and nothing is new. I like this line because I feel like Jacobs acknowledges these complications, pays tribute to them, and still manages to make something new and exciting.
(Really really really exciting.)
I've actually been thinking a lot about fashion this season, but not in the super-hip up-to-date kind of way. My most excellent friend Ketch has introduced me to "reconceptualizing" one's wardrobe! Basically, you pick a theme and a look and shop/dress accordingly. I love this idea! I think it helps to add some confidence and fun into the changing of the seasons! I'm thinking of going with something like a Glam Giles. (You know... from Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Duh.)
(Picture him with more sparkles.)
I mean, sure, he's a librarian... but you should see him kick vampire ass! I'm thinking a little british librarian, a little disco glam... a little Jack Sparrow goes to Oxford... I can't wait to go shopping.
(Three Words: Huge. Shiney. Stripes.)
Check out the New York Times website for more photos of the Marc Jacob line. Just search for Marc Jacobs spring 2009. (I'd post the links myself, but my computer seems incapable of copying and pasting into the blogger site. ??) If you're on the nytimes fashion blog site, go to "view slideshow" to see all 54 outfits.