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Marc Jacobs Fall 2019 - Runway Review

Christy Turlington is back! The return of the Nineties-era supermodel at Marc Jacobs helped close New York Fashion Week in grand fashion -- literally and figuratively. And grand was a fitting adjective for the fall collection; the voluminous proportions inspired by 1980s Claude Montana and Yves Saint Laurent coupled with Koizumi's "ruffle armor." Simply put: it wowed.

The intimate setting -- just 180 seats -- within the massive Park Avenue Armory had models cast in the spotlit dark, walking to live orchestral music performed by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. Classic looks opened the show: an A-line leopard coat paired with striped trousers and a ruffled floral blouse. But there was nothing quiet about these pieces. Grand shapes galore dominated this show, with oodles of tulle party dresses, crewnecks and Prince of Wales pantsuits. Coats and capes seemed to float over the body they were so extreme, while others were layered with crinolines. 

The dramatic show permeated with Jacobs's best: big shapes, elegant capes and bold florals and flounces... many in stripes or solids, plaids or tweeds (paired with headgear by milliner Stephen Jones). A delightful light blue cape worn over a lavender skirt gave off fairytale forest vibes. As the garments marched into evening territory, the sequins made themselves apparent. A stunning bright yellow off-the-shoulder number was surely memorable, as were the party-ready blue feathered mini and sky blue cape studded with sequins and feathers. As for Turlington, her final look voluminous black-feathered dress with matching feathered fascinator brought echoes of delight down the front row.