Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on February 22, 2012

Well, there’s no denying it now. Helena Bonham Carter is a style icon. Who else do you see in practically every single one of these looks? With a backdrop set that was described as “Marie Antoinette’s version of ruins,” the association was complete, because to us, it looked more like “Tim Burton meets Charles Dickens by way of Mary Poppins,” and who else would you want to star in that movie but Helena Bonham Carter?

No matter what the inspiration, it’s obvious Marc Jacobs is having a lot of fun with shapes and proportions here, offering up yet another highly theatrical runway show with gorgeous pieces that’ll look a lot different when they’re not so distractingly styled. We love his big gay sense of drama, even if it does sometimes cause eyestrain as you try to figure out just what everyone’s wearing, exactly.

Oh, and the hats are TO DIE.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • rkdgal

    I need a little sugar to help this medicine go down, but I LOVE the shrug/capelets with lapels!  It’s fun collection, to be sure.

  • CQAussie

    You just know HBC is running to the phone to call Marc Jacobs about ordering those pilgrim shoes in every colour and the giant red scarf (??) with a safety pin to hold it together.

    • P M

       She’ll be competing with Whoopi Goldberg for some of them, I think.

  • lots of fun sure – but, does anybody really want to wear clothes that make them look like they have an ass the size of a Jeep Wrangler?

    • Some of us have an ass the size of a Jeep Wrangler 🙂  I kind of love the crazy proportion of it all, and the first thing I thought when I saw this collection is ‘wow, that would look great on me!’

      • Jeep Wrangler Ass Girls Represent! And the initials are JWAG, which is kind of awesome.

      • ASK26

         Actual conversation with my mother…. Do these make my ass look big?   no your ass makes your ass look big; the pants just don’t camouflage it.

  • Clueless_Jock

    I know I’m clueless, but are the exaggerated silhouettes just for the runway show, or will they show up in the stores?

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    What’s not to like? 
    Or, contrary-wise, “We’re all mad here!”

  • mjude

    i love the jacket/coats

  • IAmJ

    Elaine Benes would love these shoes so hard.

  • Lori

    My first thought when I saw this collection was “Pimps in Wonderland”. That gave me a really unfortunate mental picture of Alice working her corner and I could have done without that. Once I got over that huge distraction I decided that I think a lot of the clothes are beautiful and/or interesting. The problem is that I can’t figure out any answers to, “Who is this woman? Where is she going?” other than “Helena Bonham Carter” and “To the grocery store. Where else?”

    • oohsparkley!

      I definitely see the Mad Hatter.  A very entertaining show indeed.  Don’t like the short pants, socks and pilgrim shoes – very unflattering.  The pilgrim shoes alone might be cute.  Crazy hat ladies aren’t a very big market.

      • Stubenville

        Did you say crazy cat ladies?  =)

        • oohsparkley!

          Hat – Crazy cat ladies would probably be a substantial market! 

  • hughman

    Well thank f-cking god there’s nothing in this show about bullying cause that Glee thread worked every one of my gay nerves. 

    Also, these clothes are cray-cray. 

  • hughman

    Well thank f-cking god there’s nothing in this show about bullying cause that Glee thread worked every one of my gay nerves. 

    Also, these clothes are cray-cray. 

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i wasn’t that enamoured with Jamiroquai hats back in the 90’s, my opinion hasn’t changed…..

    • Stubenville

      Oh no! Jamiroquai and all that pop didgeridoo music. I’ve got Supersonic earworm now…

      • JosephLamour

        Jamiroquai noooooooooooo. Also who want’s to have hats like the Pickup Artist? Of which I found, btw, by googling “ugly hat pickup artist”

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i wasn’t that enamoured with Jamiroquai hats back in the 90’s, my opinion hasn’t changed…..

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    A gothic Tim Burton re-imagining of Mary Poppins starring HBC as MP?  Holy shit!

    • I really. really. want to see that movie. 

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        Go on YouTube and look up “Scary Mary”, a fan made trailer that recasts Mary Poppins as a horror movie.  It’s incredibly creepy.  

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    A gothic Tim Burton re-imagining of Mary Poppins starring HBC as MP?  Holy shit!

  • kimmeister

    I’m confused by looks 1, 3 & 6.  Are those capelets attached to the coats below them, or are they separate pieces?

    • rkdgal

       They look separate to me.  Not at all practical, but I think they’re cute as hell.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Check out my capelets @ Ballerina With A Gun on Etsy. I’ve been doing them for awhile. He even has the same Klimt applique that I use.

  • kimmeister

    I’m confused by looks 1, 3 & 6.  Are those capelets attached to the coats below them, or are they separate pieces?

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I adore everything except the shoes. People, there are JUMPERS in this collection. I love jumpers. (That would be the American version of jumpers, not the British one. Like the first image in row 6 and the last image in 7.) I also think if any one of these pieces had come down the runway on Godspell night at PR, the contest would’ve been over.

    And I’ve just realized what this reminds me of. Not Mary Poppins so much as A Wrinkle in Time. Mrs. Whatsit, Who and Which would dress just like this if I got to costume a movie made from that book.

    • Beardslee

      Mrs Whatsit!  Exactly.  Good call!

    • Spicytomato1

      I’ve always been a sucker for jumpers myself.

    •  OMG – jumpers!  I had forgotten about those.  Also, fourth row, far right – do you supposed that gray sunflower-patterned bit is a skirt?  Or the bottom of a dress or jumper?  I think I like that.  Wish I could see it better.  And, last row, far right – the pieced black dress … I could actually envision someone (me!) wearing that.

  • Meh. 

  • Stubenville

    Are those fleurchons on some of the dresses?  =)

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    first: that yellow bag is beyond to die for, it’s to run around, get lost in the snow, finally stop running, die of exposure, get found deceased & by hikers three months later [now that we know one can be foodlessly buried for two months under snow when one is in a car], finally get buried or cremated as per living or non-living will, & then, finally, not resurrect & come back to the living for. it’s that good. or almost. anyway.

    the hats i am glad you like, i am also glad theyre there as i have an entire big boxful of some similar that i was wondering how to sell. i had a friend who made early mad hatter type raver hats & sold them on venice beach [so early, in fact, that i dont think the word rave had either been applied or even discovered in context yet]. he eventually wound up w/ a contract selling them at disneyland. i dont know whats happened since to him or his wife [they were equally very nice]. i do know that people did not used to believe this story. i’m sure they would now. i guess what is signifcant & thereby jealousy worthy changes over time. i believe, myself, that the word for this is feh.

    other than that i have seen this collection many times now. i like part of it, i definitely like some of its pieces. love the glittery glitzy purple pilgrims almost as much as the yellow bag. had i seen it featured anywhere i probably wouldve loved the assumedly fake fur bag even more than the yellow. i like some of the rest of it too; were i not pressed for time i would delineate this in entirely too much detail, as ever. since i’m in a hurry i will only also mention the green & white cheshire hat.

    but i’m also w/ the guy belownoted who notes that so much of this stuff would make a womans behind look like a not particularly streamlined, elegant or expensive SUV. to that i might only add that we all know many of the models here are fourteen or so years old, MJ was called out for it. if a coat, say, can make an anorexic of pre-learners permit age look like she’s stuffing cement blocks beneath her pantaloons that garment will probably not look a whole lot more enticing on someone old enough to be her mother.

    otoh, oy marc jacobs, you tied that first scarf in a swastika pattern. oy marc jacobs, i’m sure that was an inadvertent accident. i actually am sure of that. buy oy nonetheless. think of the conspiracy theorists!

    • Stubenville

      So you kinda like the yellow bag?  =)

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        oh, i feel bad cos i never seem to like anything much these days. i dont really mean to be contrary.
        i thought maybe i could be funny if i liked something a whole lot.
        & i do kind of like it a whole lot.
        it’s neat. but now i am tired again.

  • DeborahLipp

    No one will ever pad their hips. You heard it here first. But I think those shoes will sell like hotcakes. SO FUN!

  • tinyredlocks

    I may be alone in this, but I totally love the shoes.

    • Me too! If they had lower heels, I might actually buy some. Maybe the knock-offs will be more my heel height …

    • understateddiva

      not alone 🙂

  • Pilgrim shoes?

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      pilgrim shoes. in the modern/postmodern era they were first revived during the flats + miniskirts era, in the 60s, i think most prominently by roger vivier. very popular at the time, lasted a bit longer than equally idiosyncratic styles. evolved into different but similar shoes for quite awhile.

      now i really do have to get going.

  • Wow! Now, this is what really knocks my eye out. When a designer plays with proportion and texture with such virtuosity. And the giant furry vagina hats!!!!!!!!

    • cluecat

      Sometimes I think Marc Jacobs is just fucking with us!

  • MilaXX

    Oh I can’t with the hats. That red one looks like the Hamburgler. If I squint I can see separates that might be interesting, but this collection is a bit much to take in all at once.

    • Stubenville

      …the Hamburgler.  BWAAAAAHA!

  • Here’s what I don’t get about the fashion world.  I understand that one works their way up, like many professions, and now Marc Jacobs is allowed to do whatever his queer little heart desires.  But with the exception of a handful of pieces, NOTHING here is wearable, salable, desirable to the clothes-buying public.  Don’t get me wrong: I love couture craziness as much as the next gay, but this is supposedly ready to wear and it’s nothing of the sort, not without extreme editing in the case of almost every piece.

    Ugh, whatever.  I guess I’ll always be a bigger fan of his work when he was a bit chubs.  Much less assery and shameless mugging.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I think if you look at individual pieces as separates, they’re wearable.

  • Kate4queen

    Um, no. I’ll have one of the hats though?

  • Snailstsichr

    Somewhere Austin is having a very proper cup of tea and leaning over to tell his companion, “I told you black leggings under a puffy dress are theatrical! I was robbed, I tell you, robbed!!”

  • snarkykitten

    I don’t understand why HBC is a fashion icon. she piles on crap, rolls around in a haystack, and looks drunk 95% of the time. This is fashion forward?

  • alyce1213

    This the show in which he used 14-year-old models, while being a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, who set guidelines and age limit at 16. so dislike hypocrites.  Apart from that, I think this collection really sucks.

    • Anathema_Device

       Maybe the hats were a last-ditch attempt to disguise their age? 😉

      • alyce1213

        If so, it had the opposite effect; little girls in silly, gigantic hats for dress-up!

    • BrooklynBomber

      What a rebel. 

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  • kmc1138

    Oh my god disco pilgrim shoes.  Want.  Want want want want want.

    • BrooklynBomber

      “Disco pilgrim” 🙂

  • gdougs

    Whoa. Third degree assault on my eyes right there.

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  • granddelusion

    The hats are dumb, the shoes are dumb, the silhouettes are dumb. The whole thing is idiotic, and most of us aren’t that stupid. We can see the emporer has no clothes.

    • alyce1213

      Thanks for saying it.

  • rketeckt

    He better have sent a rack of these to HBC on approval…I expect to see her rocking these this year…

  • Anathema_Device

    Not really digging the bell shape of many of these pieces. The Pilgrim shoes are very silly. some of the pieces are interesting, but the way the collection is presented, it is too much effort to figure out what I like and what I don’t. So I won’t.

  • BrooklynBomber

    That’s some crazy shit. I love it.

  • rainwood1

    T Lo and all of you posters have said it all.  Ridic.

  • JDreesen

    looks like i am going to be needing a hat rack.  hell, a hat ROOM!

    ETA: Wow, lots of haters out tonight. Lighten up, everyone – it’s just fashion.

  • michelle shields

    I hate the shoes, it looks like someone just jumped off the Mayflower. Everything else is just ok, not something I would run right out and buy.

  • “Who else do you see in practically every single one of these looks?”

    First dress, fourth row down.  I’m calling it.

  • Tigerfly

    It’s cracktastic and I absolutely LOVE it!

  • minnye

    I have a thing for buckles and totally covet those yellow pilgrim shoes.

  • Lisa

    Oh, I love it!  That pink coat is fabulous!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I love these clothes.  But if I tried to wear them in my real life, someone would mistake me for a mentally ill person.  I am not kidding.

  • BrightsideSusan

    The hats would be great if I didn’t see Pamela Anderson in a white version of the red feathered one years back.  Otherwise they certainly fit the description – very theatrical.

    • jw_ny

       lol  I just made a Pam comment too…glad I’m not the only one that saw it. XD

  • formerlyAnon

    Some promising looking coats.

    And I am usually *almost* as much of a hat enthusiast as I am a coat enthusiast, but almost all of these were a little too Dr. Seussical for me.

  • Sisyphus .

    I love these! I can totally see what you’re saying about playing with proportion. Thing is, to be new and experimental you have to use unflattering/ weird shapes, since there’s such a limit on sexy, flattering shapes and you eventually run out of them.

    I would like to have the first white coat with the shoulder swirls, please. 

  • ASK26

    many of these (especially the first row) look like they could have been inspired by Peter Gabriel’s Genesis costumes

  • adnama79

    Oh, yay, wow!  Clapping gleefully.

  • Markatha

    These would look great on “The Penguin”  or others with that kind of rocking body.

  • SewingSiren

    I love the metallic pink rose dress and those buckle shoes too. Also the leather patch work dress on the last row. But not the hats.

  • quiltrx

    WANT that coat first row right!!!
    I love the weird shapes, and all the mixed textures.  Of course I love HBC so how could I not like this????

  • 50 kinds of dumpy.  At least Helena will have a good time.

  • Matthew Wallace

    Oh come on TLo don’t be so political. “even if it does sometimes cause eyestrain”. Don’t become just another biased writer, already as plenty of those.

    This collection was

    Just because Marc Jacobs put his name on it doesn’t mean the middle look in the fourth row is even remotely ok!!!
    The whole look is hideous!! You have no sense that they even have bodies, the proportions are horrible and hats just throw the whole thing even more out of wack. Fashion can be fun and outlandish and completely unrealistic when it’s desirable. McQueen could put models in bird cage hats with crazy shoes because it was a fantasy customers wanted to buy into. NOBODY wants to buy into this. NOBODY wants to look like that, no matter how big or wacky their imagination/style.

    And even when you break the pieces down individually, the proportions are all of them are way off and totally unflattering. The furry embellishments are hideous, actually 90% of the pieces are!!

    This is how the crazy villain in a live-action Dr. Seuss movie would look.

    Not cute.

  • umeboshi

    pass that pipe, boys.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I will take every single coat, the black leather and purple stripe dress, the houndstooth dress, and a big ol’ furry black Jamiroquai hat. Thanks.

  • ccm800

    row 3 pic 3 Kenley’s bathmat – take THAT naysayers. 

  • This is so ugly I do not know where to begin. Gah. I guess I don’t get it :-/

  • drdirection

    WTF just happened?

  • boweryboy

    Weirdly enough – and this puzzles me – I like it.  I love the big hats and bulky, layered sihouettes.  I dunno, call me cray cray but it’s kind of fun.

    The only thing that confuses me is I don’t know what I’m looking at – is it a bolt of fabric wrapped around the model or a skirt? And what’s up with those shoes?

    It will be interesting to see how these pieces are altered for red carpets and events.

  • Well I like the bags…. and two of the coats…. and that’s it. Sorry Marc, I love me Alice in Wonderland references, but I am skipping this mad tea party.

  • Corsetmaker

    They remind me of doll’s clothes. The oversized buttons and the way the fabric is stiff in the same way a thickish fabric doesn’t drape when you put down to a small scale.
    I really like some elements, really dislike others. But that’s good – I’d rather be a bit unsure than bored. And I’ve seen a few dull collections recently.

  • A Pimp named Slickback would love that purple and orange stripe hat. 

  • Beardslee

    Love the jackets and the colors.  Those bulbous and tapered skirts remind me of that little prehistoric statue the Venus of something.  What is its name??  Surely one or more of you knows.  The one with the exaggerated female shape.

    • PinkLemon

       Venus of Willendorf? A lot of ‘Venus’ figures are exaggerated. Willendorf is the oldest, I believe.

      • Beardslee

        Yes!  That’s who I meant.  Thanks.

  • kaycem

    i’m only so-so on the hats, but the coats are TO. DIE. for sure…  i especially like the first two ~ that gray w/ embroidered flowers gives me so much life.  the chunky knits are also a killer, most especially the red and black wrap with the gynormo safety pin!

  • DinaSews

    Theatre!! Gorgeous set.  I’d like to hear the music that was playing.  I covet the yellow bag.  I can do without the leprechaun shoes.  I love some of the shawl pieces. 
    Sorry.  This is what I think NYFW should be; some wearable, some over the top.

  • fallen_ikon

    I love the third coat in the first row..I’d do terrible things to own that coat.

  • Vickiefantastico

    You know, I think bigger models, women with real curves, would make these look great. Right now, it all looks rather silly with their stick legs poking out below. And I’m sorry, I hate the hats.

  • tsid2012

    Just announced! Tim Burton is doing a remake of “Hello Dolly!”  Costumes by Marc Jacobs…..

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Yes, those hats ARE to die. As in, you will be eaten alive by those hats and then the Mad Hatter will bury your body somewhere it’ll never be found.

  • I see a lot of Dr. Seuss in these looks, too. The shapes are very reminiscent of his drawings.

  • TheAutisticStepmom

    I hate the hats.  You can find them at any roadside carnival.

    • yeppers, they remind me of the foam top hats one sees hawked at 4th of july parades, the whole thing is Sneech on acid to me.  Sorry, it does nothing for me.

  • jw_ny

    The hats remind me of something Pam Anderson would wear…definitely not the clothes though.  😉 

    The clothes are fantasy and cartoonish…fun.  They’re not something that I see as being marketable without toning down the shapes, but the fabrics, pairings, layers, etc. are really great. 

  • sashaychante

    All of these dresses, skirts are so bottom heavy.  Makes these skinny models look hippy, what shot does a real girl have.  The length isn’t helping.  The shoes are hideous.

  • VicksieDo

    I’m sorry, but to me Marc Jacobs comes off as a big joke, and he laughs when anyone actually wears this crap out in public.

  • That backdrop – and a hell of a lot of those outfits are more Dr. Seuss to me than Marie Antoinette, but I still rather like the end result.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      i’m not getting marie antoinette at all.  time burton, dr. seuss, i can see.

      eta: the mad hatter’s tea party!

  • cam_lo

    you know i love you, marc, but i just don’t want my hips to ever look like 3 feet wider than they really are.

  • PinkLemon

    just no!!

  • sweatpantalternative

    I’m sorry those hats are ridiculous. They are straight out of some stoner head shop. The set could have just as easily been decorated with Bob Marley posters and black lights.

  • Puckndc

    isn’t this just silly????…c’ they think we take this seriously????…puhleez…..

    • sleah_in_norcal

      i don’t think we’re supposed to take it seriously, that’s the point.  like santino says (set to music) “it’s only fashion…ladedah”

  • RedRaven617

    The oversized hats and everything else makes the models look like 3 year olds dressing from Grandma’s closet.

  • Am I the only one who sees shades of Jay McCarroll’s PR show (first season)?  Although I have to say that Jay’s clothes were a bit more wearable and flattering and didn’t make the models look like they had ginormous saddlebag asses.

  • Am I the only one who sees shades of Jay McCarroll’s PR show (first season)?  Although I have to say that Jay’s clothes were a bit more wearable and flattering and didn’t make the models look like they had ginormous saddlebag asses.

  • Peri7473

    I am really interested in seeing how these end up in their retail version.

  • PrunellaV

    I’m seeing Jamiroquai.

  • louised

    Love the hats.  LOVE.  I want one of those bags – a furry one.

  • Spicytomato1

    Love the high-necked, ruffled ones. And the shoes are crazy. In the best possible way.

  • k op

    Love every single bit of this!

  • oatmealpie

    Just about any of these outfits would have won the Project Runway All Stars “Godspell” challenge last week.

  • Jane Dough

    My god… are HIPS actually going to be in style now? If so then damn, I’ve been waiting for this all my life. 

  • Esz

    Hilariously magnificent!! I just love love love that giant red & black houndstooth shawl thing with the oversized safety pin. You described it all spot on! Acid-granny-chic. hehehe. LOVE this vintage revival (cos I see vintage, do you?)

  • What. The. Hell?

    I do like the big yellow bag and the gray loafers with flowers.  Otherwise …????

  • bitterk

    Is Marc on a bender?  WTF

  • PhillipWilde