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style + fashion

the art of getting dressed.

runway to reality (marc jacobs edition)

Caitlin Surakitbanharn

i am always so interested to see runway clothes in real life.  the fabric, the cut, the texture, the way it's styled with other kinds of clothes, and most importantly...is it actually wearable on a real woman?

i slithered my into one of the skirts from Marc Jacobs' Fall/Winter 2010 collection recently...so i thought i'd share.

here it is on the runway...



and here i am, in the same skirt....


it's a great skirt.  tough wear for most women...perhaps.  the fabric is a very thick-woven locked cotton that is stretchy and quite forgiving...so moving around is actually easy.  the glittered polka dots are hand-screened onto the skirt with great care, it's a beautiful detail - and the mermaid fishtail train along the back of the skirt is to die for (not really visible, unfortunately).

in all truthfulness, i took the picture while wearing another Marc Jacobs top, but i also paired it with a black modal cotton tshirt, knotted up at my ribs, and it was even more chic.  the skirt is a very sophisticated cut, but it's actually more stunning when paired with a very casual top.  in real life, on the streets, i will pair this skirt with a charcoal grey crew-neck tshirt, knotted at my ribs, a chunky black boot or wedge, and a black, oversized chunky knit sweater.   i think it's more  modern to pair something so tailored with such an 'uptown' shape with other pieces that are more relaxed, more 'downtown.'

all in all, the verdict?  it's an amazing piece, no doubt.  it's very form fitting and it makes a statement.  not for the faint of fashion heart, for sure.  but if you have the heart - this skirt would delight Bill Cunningham as you ran across 5th Avenue!