Marc Jacobs traveled back past the ’90s style revival to Victorian Gothic for his fall collection.
Kendall Jenner, Lady Gaga and other usually lovely ladies circled the Park Avenue Armory like crazed crows. Whitewashed faces, except for bleary black eyeliner, were surrounded by finger-waved hair; their ghostly mien overcome by the dark and dramatic clothes that seemed intent on swallowing them. Hypersized lace dickies and collars lay atop equally enormous silhouettes. Jet trails of muted sage, periwinkle and orchid amidst old MJ signifiers including polka dots and Stinky Rat prints swarmed hemlines above vertiginous platform boots. Exquisite velvet-and-lace evening looks met modern goth in Jacobs’s mildew-hued fur, gargantuan bows and sequined and feathered toppers.
The industry is changing, that seems to be the consensus. But with all of the streamed shows, musicians minting collections, fast fashion and bloggers as industry critics, the old adage rings true: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
New York Fashion Week Fall 2016 was a giant circus of stars and star-chasers. Black was back, with gothic overtones. And as fashion looked forward, it couldn’t help but glance back to the ’70s and ’90s. Here are the things that we think are notable from NYFW Fall 2016.
Lady Gaga walked in towering boots for Marc Jacobs. Although the diva’s presence was momentous, the dramatic clothes and theatrical presentation required no gimmicks.
Word to the wise: If you can wrangle an invitation to Shawn Serven’s Seattle apartment, do it. Especially if you’re a fan of exuberant pop culture, candy-colored craft supplies and postmodern fashion libraries. And especially if you’re into all of those things yielding spectacular DIY fashion projects.
“The fragrance is called Fame. It must be black. It must be enticing. You must want to lick and touch and feel it, but the look of it must terrify you.” –Lady Gaga, in an excerpt from the upcoming September issue of Vogue
We don’t know about being terrified–we’re too excited to announce that Lady Gaga’s first fragrance, Fame, is now available for pre-order. With layers of the dark, sensual and feminine (like notes of belladonna, apricot and jasmine), this eau de parfum by Haus Laboratories has just enough rebellious attitude for anyone with a little edge—whether or not you count yourself as one of Gaga’s Little Monsters.