NYFW: Marc by Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2011

Earlier this week, we saw the mainline Marc Jacobs collection which was rife with 40’s inspiration (see the review here), and for the Marc by Marc Jacobs line, the designer has sunk his teeth in to a different era - the 1970’s. Jacobs sent floppy hats, over-sized sunglasses and flared trousers down the runway, accompanied by strong retro prints, silk pussy-bow shirts and luxe cape-style coats.

Jacobs used a strong colour palette consisting of a deep burnt oraange and a dark chocolate brown to bring a rich finish to his designs, and much like his his past Marc by Marc Jacobs shows, the idea of updated vintage continued to crop up. Jacobs has always been overtly inspired by fashion design of the past, but this wasn’t just a 70’s rehash - by adding new prints and subtly changing shapes, as well as throwing in a statement coat here and there, it could be thought of as more of a 70’s revival.

It wasn’t all floppy hats and flares - he also finished the showing with some luxurious silk gowns in feminine womanly cuts. As per usual, Marc hit the nail on the head - taking the idea of 70’s glamour and making it both covetable and wearable. The greatest part of the Marc by Marc Jacobs line is that it is ultimately practical and granted, commercial. It’s simple and it’s chic with a quirky edge.

This was yet another triumph for Jacobs. He may continue to look to the past for his inspiration, but it’s the spin that he puts on the overall collection that makes it come crashing in to the present, and thus instantly top our wish lists.


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