CATHY VS. MARC: For those wondering where Cathy Horyn was during the Marc Jacobs show on Friday, her On the Runway blog explains it all. Unlike some editors who missed the show since it unexpectedly started almost on time, it turns out Horyn became ill Friday and passed her reporting duties to colleague Eric Wilson. But he didn't get the last word. Using the wonders of the Web, Horyn viewed the collection online and mused about it on her blog. "I've looked at the MJ show on Style.com and can see why some people found it a little slack," she wrote on Monday. "I like Jacobs' sportive take on casual dressing, a category that has been stuck in neutral for awhile (too girlie, too Marni, too high-low, etc.). I don't know if Jacobs intended to focus on casual, especially on trousers and tops, but I like the direction here."
She subsequently received comments from her readers — as well as from Jacobs himself. Jacobs wrote: "Dear Cathy....I wish you could have been at my show. I think it was a really good one. I am happy with it on every level. I deliberately stated I was uninspired this season as I have felt that talking about inspiration is so not the point to making and showing a collection. Inspiration is a catalyst. One is left with an interpretation of those thoughts. In a show context they are meant to 'say' something....I felt it necessary to allow the audience to say what they want, to see what they saw."
Jacobs went on to say that he looks forward to the chance to speak to Horyn soon and had a message for those who didn't think the spring collection sold. "Perhaps they should check our figures before assuming such as fact. I hope you are feeling better....All my best, Marc."