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cirque du soleil | marc jacobs ss 2010

2 February 2010

{Do listen to Christina Aguilera’s “(Welcome) Enter the Circus” in the background; it is quite instrumental (no pun intended) in enhancing your reading of this particular post.}

{ marc jacobs, spring/summer 2010 }

{click; the music is quite instrumental (no pun intended) to the reading of this particular post: Enter the Circus | Christina Aguilera }

I’ve never been a massive fan of Marc Jacobs shows. Or even a fan at all, however blasphemous the very statement must be to the high-and-mighty fashion world and blogosphere we all adoringly look up to. Bi-annually, during Fashion Week, I would skim over his runway presentations. Quirky and quaint were never quite the adjectives I were attracted to, quite honestly. The pieces, individually, were quite beautiful and humorous – blouse or short would seamlessly integrate itself into any wardrobe, a new bag making a lovely spring statement piece hung across the shoulders or clutched in the hand.

Yet the show, however big it was in the industry, never quite cut it for me. I’m a fan of Marc Jacobs himself, and his designs. But the  s t y l i n g  of the shows never showcased the clothes to their true potential until seen individually.

Enter Fashion Week’s runway shows of  spring/summer 2010.

It literally took my breath away.

Which meant that the swooning was inevitable, as was the I die.

Marc Jacobs truly has mastered the art of humor and light-heartedness in his designs. Airy, effortless, yet all the while structured. The ruffles, instead of the archetypal fluffy romantic bits, were architectural. Sorbet washes of colors made every piece absolutely sweet and delicieux, reminiscent of the circuses of years passed: classic clowns, flying trapezes, acrobatic dancers, cotton candy, and all. Still, there is a subtle hint at modernism despite the baroque ruffles; metallic bags and shimmering fabrics barely touched upon the futuristic references of just a few seasons ago. The collection was indeed a fantastic, if not brilliant, juxtaposition of the Old World and the new, capturing the very essence, the very magic, and the very fascination of le cirque.

Now onto the presentation itself: absolutely, undoubtedly impeccable.

The makeup artist could have gone with the traditional clown/circus makeup: white face paint, red, heart-shaped lips, lined eyes. It would have worked in conjunction to the collection and Marc’s usual frivolity in his shows. Yet here the makeup was taken a step further: clown paint gone sophisticated. Dramatic winged liner, shimmer (with green duochrome) on the lid and brow-bone, matte ruby lips, and powdered faces created a gorgeous effect. When completed with the hair, a tight chignon reminiscent of my ballerina days, the overall effect was clean, sophisticated, and just beautiful. The styling of the pieces into a complete runway look was smooth; none of the pieces jarred with each other, nor with the shoes and accessories given. It possessed the seamless quality of the Louis Vuitton presentations, upgrading its runway show from quirky to refined and whimsical.

Five stars, mes chéris, with a cherry on top.


La C.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. 2 February 2010 2:20 am

    Sea creatures!

  2. 2 February 2010 3:46 am

    i love it, the pastel rainbow in the first look is beautiful…


  3. 2 February 2010 6:15 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more on this x

  4. 2 February 2010 12:56 pm

    Oh wow the makeup is so precise. I love the muted colors as well. 🙂

    How are you dear??


  5. 2 February 2010 2:45 pm

    The longer pieces in this collection are heaven.
    I haven’t listened to CA in ages. Time to go find that old cd. xo

  6. 2 February 2010 5:54 pm

    L – O – V – E!

  7. 2 February 2010 6:21 pm

    Love those pastel colormix!

  8. 2 February 2010 11:21 pm

    oh how i love marcjacobs. i think hes incredibly clever. ruffles & shimmer, loveeeeeee

  9. 3 February 2010 4:50 am

    The dresses look delicious indeed!!! I loved all those metallic mini dresses. There was something really interesting about the ruffles and the patsel colours!

  10. 3 February 2010 7:49 pm

    absolutely STUNNING photos !

    xx lue

  11. 3 February 2010 7:55 pm

    i’ll always be a Marc girl – even when i’m 88!!

    i love him.

  12. 3 February 2010 8:19 pm

    Great runway recap. The MJ collection was gorgeous! I also wrote a runway recap recently (on Spring Couture 2010) – check out my blog. 🙂

  13. 4 February 2010 9:47 am

    I am very excited to see all ruffle goodness in fashion these days 🙂

  14. 6 February 2010 2:07 am

    You described this perfectly. The makeup was flawless, although I think the first girl could have stood for some blending. I like how hard these ruffles were, they almost stick out stiffly rather than the usual floppy lightness of ruffles past.

  15. 9 February 2010 3:38 am

    thanks so much for commenting on my blog! it means the world to me! i just caught up on some of your posts. i adore olivia’s beautiful face. have u seen her boyfriend? the two of them look like models. so jealous.

    her personality though, not so much..


    • 14 February 2010 7:48 am

      @candice: He is a ridiculously beautiful man!! And I completely agree; her personality is not even close to how beautiful she is, physically. It’s a pity, really.

  16. anonymous permalink
    10 February 2010 1:07 pm

    wow so beautifully written you captured the essence of marc’s collection!

    i totally agree with you.

  17. 10 February 2010 2:07 pm

    Agreed, the makeup was just right! Love this collection! Have missed you!

    xo Mary Jo

  18. 10 February 2010 8:16 pm

    This was one of my favourite collections of his too! Perfect 😀


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