All aboard! Marc Jacobs goes on a ’20s madcap fashion ride

Mar 07 2012 by
Categories : Fashion

If the Mad Hatter and characters from Downton Abbey took a Louis Vuitton train ride, they’d end up in Alice in Fashion Wonderland. #pfw
That was my tweet seconds after the
Louis Vuitton show closed earlier this morning in Paris.
Marc Jacobs had taken the assembled crowd on a creative and wild ride that began the moment the vintage replica steam engine, which was built especially for this show, chugged into the tent. Inside the car sat the most fashionable train patrons one could imagine. “The passengers have a chequered past,” read the show notes. “They arrive, with a vast amount of
baggage, from a journey begun somewhere in the countryside travelling to this grand edifice in the city. They are met by smartly uniformed baggage handlers, hired and attired by the station company today: Louis Vuitton.”
What were these posh patrons wearing? Click here.

The moment the models disembarked, the ‘20s-inspired style spin was telegraphed, but the design was so delightfully modern and madcap that it felt timeless. The silhouettes were simple but bold enough not to be overtaken by the haute-hip patterned and textured fabrics. Brocades and jacquards—stunning on their own—were embellished further with hologram colorforms and laser-etched plastic stones.

The tweeds were blinged out with silvery tinsel, and kangaroo leather was patchworked and bejewelled with pop-art coloured pieces of plastic. I even loved the gorgeous oversized buttons, which were stylized with floral patterns and crystals. It was an over-the-top colour spectacle that fittingly brought to mind a Dowager Countess of Grantham quip: "No one wants to kiss a girl in black."

Extra, extra! I chatted with
Fabian Ferrari, the “engineer” who drove the train into the station (a few minutes late, by the way!). Ferrari was as dazzled as the crowd. He didn’t tell me that he had “fashion shivers”—which seemed to be the most common overheard remark—but Ferrari was clearly amused and in awe of the fashion moment he’d just been a part of. “I’m an actor,” he says, laughing. “This is my first fashion show ever!” He said they had been rehearsing since last night and were up at six for another rehearsal. “It’s been a fantastic assignment—working with Marc Jacobs and seeing all the personalities, like Catherine Deneuve, in the front row. And, yes, it was a great collection, no?!”  

Categories: Fashion