Marc Jacobs made his runway comeback after a 16-month absence in New York on Monday night.
The fashion designer decided to skip presenting a runway collection in September 2020 and February 2021 amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and made a triumphant return to the catwalk for the first time since February 2020 on Monday when he showcased his autumn/winter 21 collection at the New York Public Library.
According to Footwear News, to explain his absence, Jacobs said in a statement at the show, "Our decision to pause allowed us to slow down, reflect, re-evaluate, grieve and take thorough inventory of what works, what doesn't work, what we love, what we are willing to let go of and what has value, importance and meaning.
"We find purpose in the work from and for periodic but powerful transcendent moments of joy. And while the world continues to change with unimaginable speed, my love for fashion, the desire to create and share collections through this delivery system - the runway - endures."
The show was streamed live on Instagram and simultaneously projected onto the facade of New York department store Bergdorf Goodman to celebrate its new partnership with the designer. From September, the store will be the exclusive global retailer of Runway Marc Jacobs collections.
"As a born and raised New Yorker, Bergdorf Goodman has always been and continues to be a beacon of aspiration, service and quality," Jacobs wrote on Instagram. "From my early memories as a child of their ingenious, fantastical and bold window displays to their steadfast commitment to the Marc Jacobs collections (which began in the mid-1990s, following my exit from Perry Ellis), I have long revered the Bergdorf Goodman name as a pinnacle of the ultimate retail experience... I could not imagine a better partnership between two New York City brands."
Models including Kaia Gerber and Gigi Hadid hit the catwalk to showcase the designs, which included oversized jackets, puffer coats, puffer snoods, wide-legged trousers, sequinned dresses, platform shoes, and bucket hats. The collection was largely black or monochrome, although there were pops of colour in the form of purple, pink, turquoise and yellow flowing maxi dresses.