"A favorite eunuch, who, in the language of the age, was styled the praepositus, or praefect of the sacred bed-chamber, governed the private apartments of the palace. His duty was to attend the emperor in his hours of state, or in those of amusement, and to perform about his person those entire menial services which can only derive their splendor from the influence of royalty. The Asiatic pomp, which had been adopted by the pride of Diocletian, assumed an air of softness and effeminacy in the person of Constantine. He is represented with false hair of various colors, labororiously arranged by skillful artists to the style of the times; a diadem of a new and more expensive fashion; a profusion of gems and pearls, of collars and bracelets, and a variegated flowing robe of silk, most curiously embroidered with flowers of gold.
The degenerate Roman youth would rather cut off the fingers of their right hand to escape from being pressed into service. The introduction of Barbarians into the Roman armies became every day more universal, more necessary and more fatal". The Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire.
Marc Jacobs set his evocative show for Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 in Paris, in a grand hotel. There were lace-edged negligees under sweeping astrakhan coats, printed silk brassiere-and-slip sets, and peignoirs lined with plush fur. Daywear, too, evoked the boudoir: Skirtsuits were stitched with degradé embroideries; deep feather hems decorated oversize men's coats.
One indolent model, wore a flower-embroidered double-breasted jacket and matching briefs with her platform sandals and fifties wig. It was an evocatively degenerate presentation of the times; of a corrupt western civilization in decline. This exhibitionistic and voyeuristic tendencies are indicative of Cultural degeneracy; which is the hallmark of a dying civilization.
The clothes on the runway were lovely, with their muted, sleepy colors and the deluxe details that Vuitton does so well. Luxury was the word for the bags, too, which were Vuitton classics like the Speedy, the Lockit, and the Pochette Accessories in materials that included marabou feathers and waxed crocodile.