High Fugshion: Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2013


Admittedly, the Mary Pimpins show from last season was going to be hard to top. But I detect a particular circus theme here, from the clown ruffles to big-top stripes to dresses that are a funhouse mirror of patterns. Oh, and apparently we’re also not wearing pants next year. Buy stock in Gillette.

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  1. Siobhán
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    I saw this earlier and got more of prison/referee vibe, not circus.

    But it was dull and boring otherwise.

    • Robertinaz
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      All I got from this collection was “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”
      Not good…

  2. Stefanie
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    The only thing in this entire collection that I find relatively interesting is the fact the models are wearing flats.

    • Lynn
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      And cute pointy flats at that! Is that coming back around again? I love pointy flats and the ones I bought last time they were in are falling apart.

      • Anita
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        Yes! Flats! That’s the only thing I took away from this collection (besides eyestrain!)
        Flats! Somewhere, Stacey London is weeping.

        • Anita
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          OK, she spells it “Stacy”, not “Stacey”. And excited as I am to see flats, I hate that they’re cockroach killers.

  3. AliceBlue
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    Good God, that was just depressing.

  4. pidget
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    This makes me sad. How can a circus ref collection DO that? Even all the models look put out having to wear this nonsense.

  5. TaraMisu
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    Ok, I’m just a working mom in New England…. I’m average. By all that is holy, WHO WEARS THIS STUFF???? I do not get it. At. All.

    This stuff is whackadoodle.

  6. Chasmosaur
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    I just kept going to my happy place – the bags. The awesome bags….

  7. Mo
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    Pants Interference made my day.

  8. Megan
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    I guess I’m crazy because I really liked it all. It reminded me of Marrimekko with the big stripes and swirly patterns.

    • Mrs. Ditter
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      I don’t like anything other than slide 19 (wish the length were shorter), which screams Marimekko and reminds me of a B & W striped Marimekko jacket from 1982. Way out of my budget at the time, but totally worth it. Looks as if I’ll be wearing it again.

  9. Blair
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    This really disappoints me. Usually he is exuberantly crazy but this is just every day run of the mill crazy. Its like crazy and depressing at the same time. Like he designed this collection heavily medicated in a padded room. I am disappointed in you Marc you can usually bring on the laughs and even sometimes a touch of grudging admiration for seeming to have a sense of humor and not taking himself too seriously and sometimes even designing cool stuff.

  10. nangerine
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    he’s mocking women by dressing up them up as clowns. we’re all here for his amusement. laugh at us while we cry.

    • Bullseye
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      Interesting take…you may be right!

      Also, FOOTIE PANTSJAMAS is the best thing I have heard in the history of words, ever.

  11. Tamburlaine
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    I think you can relax, Heather – those are not footsie pyjamas, since I think those are proper shoes she’s wearing in that last slide (though striped). I love the shoes (most of them). Flat and pointy, they are just my thing. Are they likely to be his own design?

    But none of the clothes are even flattering on the models, and they are models for god’s sake!

    • Jessica
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      Definitely Marc Jacobs shoes and bags. The man DOES know accessories.

  12. Seamyst
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    I’m hoping it’s just atrocious lighting, but did you see the woman on slide 6? Her skin makes her look like she’s literally dead. And rotting.

  13. Other Emily
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    All the models look unbelievably corpselike. I’m all in favor of lovely alabaster skin, but they look like actual dead people. And the collection is horrible. HORRIBLE. I love the red he’s using, but the employment of it is wrongheaded and ugly. The bags and coats are pretty good, though. Especially the bags. Still unforgivable.

    • Kat
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      Maybe, what with all the dead-looking models and all the black and white stripes, Marc has just been spending too much time watching Tim Burton movies?

  14. Annie E
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    Wow, this is crap. Some of the pieces look incredibly cheap, and very few of them are wearable even for the skinniest, wackiest people. I hated his fall collection but this is worse!

    • witjunkie
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      Seriously, those first few dresses looked like they were made of polyester doubleknit.

  15. Jacquilynne
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    The entire last half of that slideshow consisted of outfits that made runway models look about as big and square as cows. I’m not sure how that’s even possible, but it doesn’t bode well for the rest of us if the ideas from this show end up in RTW.

    • Elizabeth in SF
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      No kidding. As I admit to wearing size “what, carbs are tasty”, these are made of extra doom. While I come no where near the notion of fashionable, I have also never said “Goodie gumdrops! I’ve always wanted to look like a sun-bleached sailing frigate! Whee!”

  16. TonyG
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    Both Marc Jacob’s designs and the commentary in the slides made me crack-up.

    I think all the stripes and patterns that Marc Jacobs used in this collection were employed as a hypnosis tool (while subliminal music played in the background encouraging folks to buy, buy, buy.)

    I am only half kidding here. I could imagine myself in the audience being hypnotized by those odd patterns as the models strutted on by.

  17. Sandra
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    I love the looks on the models faces: “The INSTANT I get backstage, I’m taking this joke of a garment off and strangling that #$!@ with it.”

    But yeah, if it makes them look bad, there’s no way regular people can be in the same zip code with it.

  18. lindsay
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    i am so not excited for when these trickle down to the masses.

  19. Kari
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    I’m sorry, but the stripes in #14 and #15 reminded me of what they made the prisoners wear in the concentration camps. That is just not the image I want when I see a piece of clothing…

    • Lucyd
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      This is exactly what I thought when I saw them. Now I can’t unsee it, and the whole collection just went from ugly to disturbing.

  20. sop
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    There’s a whole lot of ugly going on there. And if it doesn’t flatter your average Russian supermodel, what chance for Muffintop McSaddlebags over here?

  21. Suzanna
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    Fancy stripe pajamas! Loved the commentary!

  22. Mara
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    I hate hate hate the shoes. Pointy toes are never flattering. And I won’t dignify those ‘clothes’ with an opinion.

  23. Lucille Austero
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    #15 is in charge of the chem lab at Clown U.

  24. Christine
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    This collection was described as “genius” by some reviewer at style.com. Since every Marc Jacobs collection is supposed to be revolutionary, I’m assuming they just write the reviews without looking at the clothes.

  25. mj
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    II am reliving Channel 56′s “Creature Double Feature” of my youth and watching “Zombie Clown Murder Massacre”

    Those clown bitches be HUNGRY.

  26. Elizabeth
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    I couldn’t get past the models. The clothes fit them so POORLY, as though Marc had actually ordered size 2 models, but they were busy, so he got size 00 models but didn’t have time to resize the clothes. I can’t imagine Marc was trying to make ill-fitting clothes part of his fashion statement.

  27. Katie
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    I kinda like the TV interference dress. Other than that, this collection looks like the costumes for American Horror Story season 3: Pantsless Clowns

  28. Shiitake
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    Clown ruffles and Doppler Effect stripes…No thank you.

  29. Amy
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    Why do they all have “Uncle Leo, why so angry” eyebrows?

    • Michelle
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      Finally! Someone mentions the eyebrows. It was like the disapproving owl meme exploded on their faces so that it was distracting one from the clothes. Or providing ironic counterpoint perhaps?

  30. Christian
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    This is a SPRING/SUMMER

  31. katkin74
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    Red, maroon = Yes! And…that’s about it. This is depressing ESPECIALLY for spring/summer. WTH.

  32. Evalyn
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    Well I didn’t need all 26 slides to be very bored with this depressing collection. The one thing I can say is, the man knows how to match stripes.

  33. kickassmomnyc
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    I HATE Marc Jacobs stuff and can’t imagine why he is still relevant as a fashion designer. I mean, his clothes are not good for anyone, or even controversial for the sake of fashion; they’re just plain ridiculous and ugly.

  34. kickassmomnyc
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    I HATE Marc Jacobs stuff and can’t imagine why he is considered relevant as a fashion designer. I mean, his clothes are not good for anyone, or even controversial for the sake of fashion; they’re just plain ridiculous and ugly.

  35. Rebekah
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    I love your take on Fashion Week. All the other fashiony blogs are like “what genius! what creativity! what artistic use of pleather and sequins!” and you girls just say what the rest of us are thinking: WHAT?!

  36. Gal
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    I may be paranoid, but most of those models look like they’re on the way to kick my a**. Or maybe it’s just one model. I’m freaking out right now. And are we not wearing lipstick next spring? Crap.

  37. Annalynn
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    In #25, longer sleeves on the right, shorter waist on the left, and the model on the left is MISSING AN ARM. Is my jugular safe?

    • Jessica
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      Thank you for pointing out that she is MISSING her ARM. I came to post the same thing. Glad I’m not the only one who noticed…thought maybe I was crazy.

  38. Mikki
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    I suppose the models are supposed to look “fierce” but they just look cranky! This just makes me shake my head in confusion – who wears this stuff in the real world?

  39. Dawn
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    That collection is just horrible! A couple salvagable pieces (all the “ifs”), but overall not appealing.

    I’d like the feed the models! I know models are supposed to be thin, but some of them in this show were so thin it’s scary.

  40. Sandala
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    I was obsessed with Marc Jacobs a few collections past, but apparently he is now just trying to find out how much BS the world can take. He lost me with the sparkly pilgrim shoes.

  41. Amylou
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    The worst clothes EVER! But they were worth the price of your hilarious comments! Made my day!

    • Blannie
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      I agree! The clothes are fug but the commentary is funny and had me belly laughing!

  42. Helen
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    He’s trolling us, no question.

  43. nobody much
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    wow, Angry Models!

  44. G
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    Never mind the weird clothes, what’s with the models? From the looks on their faces, Marc Jacobs murdered their pets and made them suck a lemon before heading down the runway.

  45. amanda
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    I remember when I used to covet Marc Jacobs clothes. Thank you for curing me of my ridiculous obsession with love.

  46. Molly
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    You know, I would be angry as all hell too, if I was made to wear a middle school production’s Michael costume for the Peter Pan play, and told to “make it look high fashion.”

  47. Sajorina
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    The only pieces I liked were the black & white stripped coat, dress #22, the bags and the shoes! Everything else confuses me and makes me feel dizzy!

  48. Ladyblahblah
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    The kind of people who adore Marc Jacobs are the kind of people who were stupid enough to spend $800 on a flannel shirt in 1992 and think it was edgy and original.

  49. luxsword
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    Walking skeletons don’t kneed pants…

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  51. CopyChic
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    Those are some sad clowns indeed. I’ve been carrying my Marc Jacobs bag all week, but now I want to hit my computer with it. And flats are the devil’s work. You know what kind of shoes you have to wear in hell? Flats. And if you’re especially rotten, pointy-toe flats. Know what you get in heaven? Three-inch heels and arch support.

  52. Aspasia
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    Those are totally footie pajamas. Sad thing is those pajamas were among the more “sane” things in the collection. A couple of the coats toward the end were cute but, no.

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    Hideous except for the shoes and bags

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  56. Kirea
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    Why are you so funny? Died laughing. At work.

  57. jen
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    Now I am very sad