September 17, 2000 New York
To a blaring soundtrack, a gaggle of giddy, '80s-inspired homecoming queens strutted their stuff: ruched jersey drawstring tops with punky poplin skirts, wide belts with studs and pastel appliqués, twill baggy shorts, and mile-high mesh stilettos. One-shoulder striped tees in fuchsia and black, which could have been worn by Pat Benatar circa '83, looked fresh once again; leather bustiers and jackets with bright piping and pastel shell-shaped appliqués were campy, lighthearted and fun.
Then again, if you already lived firsthand through the stylistic excesses of the early to mid-'80s, you may not be ready for a full-blown Fiorucci revival. Relax, you need not hunt for your collection of neon bows and gummy bracelets. Look past the Valley Girl styling and you'll discover plenty of wearable, grown-up pieces in Jacobs' collection, like sharply cut cotton trousers, double-layered skirts and a beautiful canary-yellow silk paper taffeta dress. A flocked-tulle confabulation could be worn with equal ease by a daring prom queen or a fashion-savvy girl-about-town.