Louis Vuitton

For several seasons, after lashings from Anna Wintour and Suzy Menkes for being as much as two hours late, Marc Jacobs has started showing on time with both his namesake label in New York and Louis Vuitton in Paris. Today was no exception—a relief, even if that meant the front row was still half-empty when the first model appeared on the runway in what seemed like a tribute to Woodstock, or a New Age cyber version of it. Out came enormous afro wigs, boho bloomers, colored fringe everywhere, clashes of prints, metallic leathers, short dresses over biker shorts, monogrammed camping bags with foxtails, weird Uggs-style sheepskin boots and clogs with a kind of feather mustache. Jacobs said backstage the collection was about young travelers, and no doubt sexing up the youth-hostel set would be a challenge, but the collection came across a little vain, a trait probably appealing to the label’s Facebook fans, who could watch the show live. One wonders if the show was more marketing than fashion.

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