We know it's not realistic to expect a designer to reinvent the wheel every season. Still, it was depressing to see Marc Jacobs return to his old vintage mash-up tricks after his 2006 collections, which broke brave new ground and set the fashion world on its ear in the best way possible.
On Monday night, however, Jacobs debuted a fall 2007 collection that - while beautifully presented on an enormous set made to resemble the verandah of a very grand mansion, with all 56 models posing together in a Penn-like tableau vivant before walking the length of the runway and disappearing behind a vast French door - felt less like the work of a visionary designer and more like the work of a very skilled re-interpreter.
For haven't we seen these elegant, ladylike silk dresses, tie-front blouses, mannish trousers, reefer coats, skinny jumpsuits, belted pantsuits, cloche and wide-brimmed color-blocked hats and spectator pumps before?
Oh yes, of course. Jacobs turned down the volume for fall and has instead channeled the likes of Virginia Woolf, Daisy Gatsby, Halston and Yves Saint Laurent - with a dash of Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn thrown in for good measure.
Was it pretty to look at and lovely to behold? We have to admit that it was. And the celebrity spotting was a fun pre-show distraction, too, what with the likes of Debbie Harry, Amber Valletta, Helena Christensen, Roberto Cavalli, Zoe and Lenny Kravitz, Rod Stewart, Harry Connick, Jr. and a very glamorous Lee Radziwill sitting in the front row.
But it was also more than a little disappointing to have Jacobs yank us back into the not-so-distant past after several seasons of brilliantly demonstrating what he is capable of in the here and now.