Marc Jacobs Pays Tribute to Bob Fosse and Dance Halls for Spring 2012

The earthquake and hurricane moved Jacobs from his regular Monday show slot to Thursday, allowing the designer close out the week with a theatrical, colorful production.

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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection, inspired by Bob Fosse and dance halls.
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The earthquake and hurricane moved Jacobs from his regular Monday show slot to Thursday, allowing the designer close out the week with a theatrical, colorful production. As the curtain rose, models posed like ladies about to be asked to dance, or dancers awaiting instruction.
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Models walked on a wooden runway around a series of wide, wooden beams covered with soft, round lights. The overall effect was that of a Southern dance hall.
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Earlier that day, Jacobs had decided to close backstage to beauty coverage, referencing the need for more technical rehearsals -- a hint at the theatricality of the production (which, nonetheless, started promptly at 8:30 p.m.).
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Jacobs told editors that the collection was a tribute Bob Fosse -- the innovative choreographer behind shows like "Chicago," "Cabaret," and "Sweet Charity" -- and the setting seemed to reference old-fashioned dance halls in the South.
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The designer took retro American silhouettes like tiered flapper dresses and boxy dresses (as well as prints like gingham), and added some of the synthetics he'd also favored in his Fall 2011 collection -- cellophane organza, silicone, and oversize sequins.
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Bustled skirts -- like this silvery one -- also played prominently into the collection, paired here with a rubber take on the classic cowboy boot.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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A look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2012 collection.
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