The inspiration: New co-designers Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier -- who are the first NOT-Marc-himself creatives to helm the brand (he still oversees, but handed them the reins last year) -- clearly had moto-cross, BMX racing and X Games glory on the brain.
The vibe: Tough. Gutsy. Playful. Energetic. The line is supercharged with color, sporty separates and we-mean-business chunky footwear (BMX boots and zigzag-soled ninja sneakers).
The lust-o-meter: High, as in Kilimanjaro high, or Sandra Bullock in "Gravity" high. There's a lot to covet here, even if you're not quite ready for the kimono jacket worn with wide culottes resembling boxing shorts. We liked the sweet long tulle ballet dress (though, OK, it's not exactly for wallflowers), the shiny plastic skirts, and lamé dresses blaring the biking trick “Bunnyhop” (Come to think of it, none of these are for wallflowers.)
What the...? Everyone was doing double-takes when Marc Jacobs walked casually out from backstage and took a front-row seat with the rest of the fashion flock. He was here to cheer on his new co-designers, who have taken over so he can free up more time for his own line and his other juggernaut label -- Louis Vuitton.
Our take: It was nice seeing Marc front row, cheering on the brand’s new creatives. Even nicer to know there’s so much to cheer about.