Fashion Week: Marc By Marc Jacobs Goes to the Skate Park, Anna Sui Hearts Anna May Wong

Angela Ashman
Marc by Marc Jacobs
If you weren't up on the latest changes in the house of Marc Jacobs, you might have been wondering why two blonde women took a bow at the end of the Marc by Marc Jacobs show. Was the designer taking a sick day? No, he was clapping in the front row right next to Sofia Coppola.

Though Jacobs is still involved with the line, most of the credit this time goes to the brand's new creative director, Katie Hillier, and design director, Luella Bartley, two savvy British fashion veterans with big ideas for shaking things up London-style.

Gone were the clean, sophisticated, vintage-inspired clothes that customers have come to rely on. Hillier and Bartley's vision is far more youthful and brimming with attitude. On a set of wooden ramps reminiscent of a skate park, the models, all with tight braided pigtails, strutted down the runway at Pier 36 looking ready for a futuristic BMX motocross. Bandanas with scary skeleton teeth were tied over some model's mouths. Clothes were emblazoned with words such as "revolution," "rally," and, in case you somehow missed how fierce the new MBMJ girl is, "grrr."

Angela Ashman
Marc by Marc Jacobs

It wasn't all tomboy tough, though. A black biker jacket was paired with the most feminine pleated tulle dress in shimmery gold and black, capes were tied with massive bows, and wrap skirts of different lengths were layered over each other. While this collection felt more suitable for teenagers, there were still many pieces that could pass on a more mature Marc Jacobs fan -- such as those wrap skirts, baggy trousers, and an excellent black felt coat. All of it had a freshness that the brand hasn't had in years. A promising and exciting sign for the future.

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