“Fallen-angel kind of beauty” is how Marc Jacobs referenced the feathered and heavy petal looks akin to black swans in his fall 2019 ready-to-wear collection, which showed at Park Avenue Armory in February during New York Fashion Week.
For the latest fall collection, Jacobs tapped again into his super-considered, “attentive” design process with each look “an exaggeration of our view of who each of the women is,” Jacobs said during a preview, and as previously reported in WWD.
And this attentiveness behind the silk organza feathers and petals was aided by the handwork of the “last-surviving” artificial flower factory in New York’s Garment District: M&S Schmalberg.
Hanging in the workroom, amongst an explosion of color and boxes of flowers stacked ceiling high, was a silk organza remnant attaching recognition to the exact dress brooding across the lacquered black runway at Marc Jacobs.
The airy silken adornments appeared in nearly 10 looks from Jacobs’ fall collection, either compiling a full look as in the full trapeze-style black-and-white petal dress (to which M&S Schmalberg said it order numbered 5,500 petals). For this particular dress, the fabric was supplied by the design team at Marc Jacobs.
M&S Schmalberg feathers created for a look in Marc Jacobs’ fall 2019