Marc Jacobs has mastered the fashion flip-flop like no one else. Butabandoning Brigitte Bardot for Susan Sontag sounds wacky even by hisstandards. For Louis Vuitton’s spring collection, Jacobs left fall’svoluptuous retro beauty behind, lured not by the writer’s sartorialstyle, but by her musings on camp, a snippet of which he tacked to hisstudio wall as he worked on the collection and then distributed toguests at his show. “The relationship between boredom and camp cannot beoverestimated…” Sontag wrote, adding that camp taste is only possible“in societies or circles capable of experiencing the psychopathology ofaffluence.” Hmm, doesn’t sound like a compliment, to Vuitton or itscustomers. But Jacobs is nothing if not fearless, and who can deny thatfor those who love it, fashion is the ultimate antidote to boredom?


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