NYFW Day 9: Marc Jacobs Shows Fashion for the Love of It

Marc Jacobs NYFW - MAIN - H - 2016
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Fashion's ringleader takes us back to the basics.

Never before has New York Fashion Week been so entertainment-focused, social-media shareable, eventized and festivalized.

We took a field trip to Roosevelt Island for Kanye West’s Yeezy show, visited a pop-up carnival on a pier with Tommy x Gigi, mingled with A-listers at Tom Ford’s swish soiree and slurped 7-Eleven slurpees at Alexander Wang’s Adidas launch party.

But Marc Jacobs, one of the designers most responsible for bringing us to this moment by putting the show in "fashion show" over the years using every trick in the book, from multi-million dollar carousels and trains for sets, to artist collaborations and cinematic shadow-and-light tricks, took us back to the basics — fashion for the love of it.

Gigi Hadid walked the runway for Marc Jacobs' show on Thursday

He closed out the week Thursday afternoon at the Hammerstein Ballroom with a more intimate show than usual. The runway was elevated, and so were the shoes — the kind of dangerously vertiginous, suede platform sandals, glittery Mary Janes and psychedlic boots that anyone who has the style gene has dreamt of, and every parent has wagged a finger at.

The look was fashion rave, from the dreadlock hairstyles colored like candy floss, to the pearly over-the-knee tights; patch-worked and fur-trimmed coats (you know, the kind you might save up for months to buy); puff-sleeved jackets, mini-skirts, hot pants, denim, camo and more.

A closeup of a shoe from Marc Jacobs' newest collection

The clothes were wild and risky, high and low. They appealed to a fashion lover’s inner child, and to anyone really, who has ever relished dressing up. They appealed through emotion, not packaging, which might just be enough to get shoppers to open their wallets.

It was the perfect ending to a weird week, a reminder that as much as things change in the fashion industry, they stay the same. What brought us all here in the first place? We can’t help it.