Sunday, February 10, 2008

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs describes his coats as having a "louche, beautiful silhouette".

Nor do I expect much from the Times' coverage of fashion.

Eric Wilson's question to Mr. Jacobs (at about the 3:40 mark in the above-linked video) about his "swashbuckler hats" struck me. "Swashbuckler" is a term of mockery. Here, Mr. Wilson is very much doing his job as a fashion critic, in that he is pointing out a possibly fatal flaw in the design of the hats: that they will make their wearers look like pirates, or Zorro.

Not that I doubt Marc Jacobs's aesthetic sensibility.

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