Marc by Marc Jacobs continues to erase societal stereotypes with a collection that is glam, irreverent, and, most of all, androgynous.
For Spring/Summer 2014, Marc Jacobs takes gender-bending to new levels, perhaps in support of his new line of makeup for men named ‘Boy Tested, Girl Approved’. But it wasn’t all men’s makeup and cross-dressing on the Marc by Marc Jacobs runway. Instead, the designer loosely pays homage to one of fashion’s most epicene icons: David Bowie. Each look could be attributed to a certain “era” of Bowie. There’s the Thin White Duke in the slouchy menswear, Ziggy Stardust in the rippling, hypnotic-patterned separates, and Aladdin Sane in the electric blue eyeshadow – even the embroidered, sparkling stars that spangled later looks seemed to suggest the vacuum of outer space in which Major Tom floated “in a most peculiar way”.
Beyond the Bowie lies a resplendent and youthful collection that glittered and gleamed. There were shiny silk smocks paired with metallic leather mini skirts, relaxed pinstriped suits for men and women, oversized slip dresses covered in hologram sequins, candy-colored jumpers, and contrast-color jumpsuits. Androgyny is a hip frontier for fashion to explore, and Marc Jacobs does it better than most. For Spring/Summer 2014, eschew societal strictures and slip into something that embodies smart style rather than clear gender identity.
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