At 7:50 p.m. on Monday, publicists outside the Lexington Avenue Armory were frantically trying to move the crowd snaking around the corner inside the building for Marc Jacobs’s fashion show. But this wasn’t just fashion-show chaos; Jacobs adhered to his recent habit of starting punctually, and people were still streaming through the doors when the lights went down, the music began, and the models hit the runway.
The runway was circular, surrounding a giant nuclear-reactor-like golden cylinder from which the models emerged, walked around, and then re-entered. Kind of an efficient model-storage system; they’re already on the stage inside the container.
Again this season, the audience was light on celebrities — Nacho Figueras, Alexa Chung — and heavy on fashion insiders — DVF, André Leon Talley, Rachel Zoe. (And, notably, Jacobs's ex Lorenzo Martone.) Backstage after the show we ran into Courtney Love, who she said she’d missed most of it; easy to do, since the whole thing lasted ten minutes.
Marc’s after-party this season was really, really low-key, attended by only friends and family. A book party celebrating the publication of Brian Bowen Smith’s The Men and Women of Marc Jacobs at the Marc by Marc store was the centerpiece of a sort of block party along Bleecker Street. The boutique was set up as a gallery, hung with images from the book, which are of Marc Jacobs employees in weird and wonderful settings, and the company annexed the now-vacant former Miracle Grill next door as additional gallery space. All of Jacobs’s Bleecker stores remained open late, and the party also served as the official unveiling of the just-opened (and kind of great) Bookmarc store.