Well, that was a downer. Not President Trump’s recent blame-the-press conference; the Marc Jacobs show. Maybe we should have expected it. This designer’s singular skill, after all, is discerning which way the wind is blowing and capturing that moment in cloth.
Pollution masks have steadily and unavoidably entered everyday life in China. They are one of the first lines of defense against the choking smog that regularly blankets major cities and are seen as a necessity by millions of city-dwellers. As acceptance grows, masks are moving from function to high-fashion. Style-savvy types match it with their outfits and Chinese designers from Paris to Shanghai have incorporated Swarovski-studded pieces or post-apocalyptic looks into their runway shows.