At the end of the day — and at the end of a very long season —fashion’s raison d’être can be summed up in one word. Not money, greed,creativity or art. Fashion exists because of obsession. Thatheart-racing, visceral yearning that makes otherwise rational peoplepreorder, stand first in line and lay out big bucks for that which theyblatantly do not need and yet can’t live without. “It’s all aboutfetish,” Marc Jacobs offered on the night before his show. “Thedefinition is an unreasonable obsession with objects or things. Which,”he deadpanned, “is sometimes Vuitton bags.”


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