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Models at Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 show at

Models at Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 show at the Lexington Avenue Armory rocked a ‘40s Hollywood vibe with high-waist shorts, Jean Harlow-like satin pajamas and Oscar-worthy gowns, plus ankle strap shoes. (Feb. 14, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

Half the fun of attending a Marc Jacobs fashion show is deciphering what it all means. It’s never easy.

Just walking into his Fall 2013 show at the Lexington Avenue Armory Thursday night — the final show of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week — begged the question: Why is that giant, blinding circle of light hanging in the middle of the armory, and making everyone look jaundiced? A “Land of the Midnight Sun” theme? Harvest moon? “No flash pictures!” security pleaded. What — will the orb explode?

The crowd, including front-rowers Christina Ricci, Miley Cyrus, Deborah Harry and Sofia Coppola, watched from a ring of stepped seating like an ancient Greek theater surrounding a circular runway.  

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Haunting choral music serenaded as models circled round, garish and hepatitis-y in glittery metallic skirts, suits, short shorts and coats, one topless woman demurely covering herself with her arm. Hair and makeup hinted of a rumpled, bitter Pat Benatar.

After the models exited, they returned for a second round with the lights turned up. Now you could see the pieces weren’t all gold — there’s a sparkly chocolate pencil skirt, camel coats, emerald and ruby numbers, office-ready cable knits, a smart shirtdress. Rocking a ‘40s Hollywood vibe were high-waist shorts, Jean Harlow-like satin pajamas and Oscar-worthy gowns, plus ankle strap shoes.

The message? Things are not as they seem? Worshipping golden idols blinds us? Dawn of a new day? Hard to say. But beyond the astronomical Con Ed bill, one thing was clear — the clothes were, wearable, pretty. And that’s gold for retailers.

Tags: Marc Jacobs , Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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