Fashion Week 2012: Marc Jacobs Channels The Mad Hatter, Calvin Klein Paints It Black
Two big designers, Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein, brought bold shows to the stage, but very differently. NY1's George Whipple filed the following report.
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Marc Jacobs was far out this season, out showing his collection in front of a fanciful ruin at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue in the Flatiron District. It was extravagant in a time of frugality.
With exaggerated silhouettes, there were lots of black and whites with accents of color. Oversized hats were reminiscent of a Mad Hatter's tea party.
TV personality Miss Jay was all about Mr. Jacobs.
"The hats are insane, the cut of the coats are insane, some of the skirts that you can just wipe down, you don't have to dry clean them. The shoes are easy to walk in and the music was great. It was pure fantasy and the set was amazing," said Miss Jay.
Marc Jacobs presented an extravagantly designed set of ruins, but Calvin Klein offered an absolutely bare, minimalist Garment District studio, painted jet black.
Francisco Costa, who designs the Calvin Klein women's line, said the show was inspired by the West Coast punk rock movement of the 1980s.
"Let's do a change, let's paint the room dark, which creates this intimacy and then explore this vibrancy and this punkness through the girls," said Costa.
Not as sleek as you'd expect from Calvin, the voluminous shapes were made up of embossed fabrics and leathers.
"When it's such a minimal spirit, you really work on the form, you really work on the fabrics and you push that aside. And that's the fun and that's the edge it creates," said Costa.