NYFW: Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2011

Citing the work of Yves Saint Laurent as one of his key influences this season, Marc Jacobs showed a selection of sleek 70’s inspired looks for his mainline Spring/Summer 2011 collection. The work of Yves Saint Laurent was apparent in many ways throughout the collection - the luxurious fabrics, the 70’s cuts and the floppy hats seemed to bring us back to the glory days of Yves.

The collection focused on 70’s style cuts - flared trousers fashioned from a shiny fabric, halter neck maxi-dresses, trouser jumpsuits (again with flared ends) and buttoned up printed hip-length trenches. It was the colour palette of the collection which backed up this retro idea - muddy browns were mixed with tropical hues - baby pink, sunset yellow, violet, cherry red and mustard were used to create a versatile and contrasting colour scheme. Patterns featured were also heavily 70’s influenced, simple repeat patterns, as well as stripes saw their way onto dresses and jackets.

Floppy straw hats, oversized shades and floral hair decorations added further to the tropical taste offered by Jacobs, as well as a skimpy black lace bikini and the perfect slouchy floor length dress for lounging pool side. It was all increasingly atmospheric, a taste of sunny cocktails and salty sea breezes was palpable, flashing you back to the era of heightened glamour and disco.

Marc Jacobs proves again that his visionary designs come from an endless flow of creativity that the man himself emanates - he doesn't just contribute to fashion as we know it, but partially dictates it - a power which he handles with care, vision and remarkable resourcefulness.

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