Marc Jacobs Thinks Young Funk-Very Young

“I do the show the way I think it should be and not the way somebody tells me it should be,” he said. “If their parents are willing to let them do a show, I don’t see any reason that it should be me who tells them that they can’t.”

Among the youngest models in his show were Thairine Garcia, a hot newcomer from Brazil, and Ondria Hardin, a North Carolina native who also appeared in Mr. Jacobs’s show last September, raising concerns at the time because she was then 14. In January, Ms. Garcia was described by Hint Magazine, which gave her age as 14, as “the most talked about teen right now.”

British funk band Jamiroquai, which inspired his enormous Dr. Seuss hats in colorful fake fur, Marc Jacobs, for his eccentric fall collections, was thinking about stylish women as they mature, women like Gloria Vanderbilt, Lynn Yaeger, Cindy Sherman and Anna Piaggi who, he said, “were becoming more flamboyant with age, because, in fact, that is how I feel.” This made it all the more surprising that some of the models he cast in his show on Monday night, however, were especially young.

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