Wag the "Tongue"
Marc Jacobs Spring 2008 show in New York - Photo: Randy Brooke
I don’t really understand why anybody should have been shocked or surprised that the reigning ‘Bad Boy of Fashion’ Marc Jacobs (who must feel as though he is at a point where he can get away with just about ANYTHING), ended his Louis Vuitton show in Paris by taking a walk down the runway and playfully (or defiantly) sticking his tongue out. It had been reported initially, that his specific ‘target’ was The International Herald Tribune’s Suzy Menkes, who gave Marc’s New York show, which started two hours late, a scathing review; but apparently, this was a misunderstanding and it was not directed at anyone in particular. (Perhaps it was just directed at all of us in fashion- editors, retailers, or the world at large. But Marc, don’t forget that they say: “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you”).
I mean, really, could I be the only person who remembered that among the statement making surrealist headband/hats (created by the brilliant British milliner Stephen Jones exclusively for Marc Jacobs’ show in New York,) there was a fetching one prominently displaying a tongue sticking out of a model’s mouth while she’s making a face. This is precisely what Marc did about one month later on the final day of the Paris Collections. Talk about ‘From runway to reality’!