One week ahead of the official New York Fashion Week schedule, Marc Jacobs unveiled his Fall/Winter 2023 collection. The venue was “Park Avenue Armory” at 643 Park Avenue in the Upper East Side district of New York, the same as when Marc Jacobs held a physical show in February 2020. After the show on February 2020, the collection has been announced only digitally for the past few years due to Covid-19, but this time they returned to the physical show for the first time in about three years.
At the same time, this Fall/Winter 2023 collection was also a tribute to British legendary designer Vivienne Westwood, who passed away last December. Titled “Heroes,” the collection honors “all of our heroes past, and, young heroes present.” Known as the “Queen of Punk,” designer Westwood, who has made numerous achievements as an innovator and activist had a great influence on Jacobs in the 90s.
That’s right, this collection was a direct take on the style Westwood once loved. Models crossed their arms and walked in high-heeled platform shoes in a matter-of-fact manner in the spotlights cast in the pitch-black venue. Body-hugging garments were bleached-off or using denim, canvas, faux fur, patchwork, and crushed velvet, all reminiscent of the old punk movement.
On the show note, Jacobs said, “With the turn of another season in our endless search for value, importance, and possibilities, it is through these collections that we continue our ever-expanding notions of beauty and craft,” “With a controlled abandon and driving frenetic energy we reflect on life beyond the studio.” In the end, he added Westwood’s quote, “Fashion is life-enhancing, and I think it’s a lovely, generous thing to do for other people.”