Lynn Yaeger: A Look at What Could Be the Final Bow for Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton (and Bill Gaytten at Dior, for That Matter)

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From left: spring looks from Haider Ackermann, Alexander McQueen, and Louis Vuitton. Photo: Imaxtree

With an audacious display of whimsical excess that far outdoes schlepping an iceberg from Sweden, as Chanel did last March, Marc Jacobs, in what is heavily rumored to be his last collection for Louis Vuitton, puts a rotating merry-go-round on his runway. Models ride the carousel horses — pale lacy princesses of loveliness, like a dreamy little girl’s vision of what a Paris fashion show is like. If this is an audition for Dior, then Jacobs (who gets away with this sort of overspending, because, a colleague suggests, he has a punk heart) is proving that he is ready for his couture close-up. (On the other hand, how long can couture itself last? The feeling that we are dancing — or at least staring at clothes — on the head of a volcano gets stronger every day.)

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