Fast and Chic: Modern Romance
Like all good counter-culture fashion movements, new romanticism emerged from the underground club scene. More specifically, Bowie Night at London’s Blitz club in the late ’70s, where cool kids, fueled by New Wave music, adopted an extravagant lace-and-frills style referencing military, glam rock, sci-fi films, and French Incroyables. The look undoubtedly left an impression on Marc Jacobs, who was a teenager at the time. This season, hints of it are evident in the band jackets and Victorian frippery at both his own label and Louis Vuitton. Infused with grunge and early-aughts street style, this new new romanticism isn’t quite as outré as the original, but it’s just as cool.