NEW YORK — Season after season, so the refrain goes, there is no better way to close out Fashion Week in Gotham than the twice annual Marc Jacobs ready-to-wear runway show and Thursday night at the Seventh Regiment Armory on the Upper East Side was no exception. The award winning designer knows how to put on a show and the Fall 2016 was it ever a show! Of the the cast of 65 models including one Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta better known as Lady Gaga, 13 of the models or 20% of the total cast were from Next and included Sandra Schmidt, Elizabeth Moore, Riley Montana, Julie Hoomans, Lili Sumner, Anna Cleveland, Grace Hartzel, Liza Ostanina, Mical Bockru, Lineisy Montero, Selena Forrest, Binx, and Langley Fox Hemingway. Together they made an imposing force standing tall on platform boots as they walked the polished white floorboards that formed the circular runway that was part of a set designed by longtime collaborator Stefan Beckman. Set to a score by Japanese avant-garde musician Keiji Haino that was meant to evoke what the show’s program notes described as ma or the “haunted spaces between the notes.” The particular piece selected by music director Steve Mackey perfectly illustrated this concept as it was recorded on a glockenspiel whose struck tones were punctuated with vast amounts of space to be haunted my the imposing Marc Jacobs lineup standing seemingly nine-feet-tall. That is all for the season in New York…next stop, London!

Credits include: Client, Marc Jacobs; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Fall 2016; Clothing design, Marc Jacobs; Styling, Katie Grand; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, François Nars; Manicure, Jin Soon; Set design, Stefan Beckman; Music direction, Steve Mackey; Casting, Anita Bitton; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.