Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Importance of Being Cool ... Marc by Marc Jacobs FW08-09

It seemed quite awkward that I missed reviewing Marc Jacobs’ fashion lines – both main and diffusion right after the Fashion Week officially ended about five months ago.

Before you could start speculating that I did this on purpose because they didn’t send me an invite to Marc Jacobs’ fashion show at Chinese Assembly Hall last March then oops, sorry you’re wrong. Maybe I’ve been going through too many collections on the Net and somehow I missed them.

Whatever it is, Marc Jacobs once again stunned fashionistas everywhere with hi
s upcoming fall/winter lineup for Marc by Marc Jacobs. Unlike last year when he channelled the Russian peasant romanticism, the only difference that I note for this season’s collection is no dead animal was used to trim the jacket hoods and sleeves. In other words, they are all certified as fur-free.

The first thing that one will see after browsing through the entire collection will be the predominating presence of symmetrical prints like check and stripes. Apart from that, timeless houndstooth prints are made in green and blue, which slightly runs from the traditional red and white. And don’t forget that there’s also a bold graphic print in tribal style and its black and white.

For working palette, sombre tones of grey and black peppered with a touch of pink, ochre, blue, and some tints of red to list a few graced this exciting and laidback collection.

Thank God, only one top is fully drenched with monotone sequin and not gold, which would remind me of loud heydays of Studio 54 or to KL-ites who grew up in the 80’s, Chez Regine’s discotheque.

If asked which that I favoured most between the ensembles and dresses, I would certainly go for dresses. Quirky and plenty of fun, wearing Marc by Marc Jacobs’ dresses with voluminous and intricate treatment on hems could simply evoke a mood that you are actually Carrie Bradshaw in a tulle tutu skirt walking on the street. Add on the classy prints and it’s a total madness!

On the men’s side, the suits are cut to perfection and fit the wearer’s body. Sporting thin single-breasted lapels, if worn by a man with a heavy build, it could simply illustrated an illusion that he actually looks slimmer than his real physique.

Moreover, the dark colours swathing the suits too help making that bodily appearance illusion looked more authentic and highly convincing.

But guys, if you really want to create a one-of-a-kind and super bold fashion statement, then invest in this funky yet peculiar-looking scrunched trouser.

Scrunched from above to the bottom and panelled on both sides, this is one amazing pants that you can wear during the weekend. Or maybe you can wear it as a tracksuit and go jogging or working out at the gym in style.

Marc by Marc Jacobs fall/winter 2008-09 collection will be available in Marc by Marc Jacobs stores and selected retailers worldwide soon.

*Photos by Marcio Madeira/

Marc by Marc Jacobs – Level 3, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

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