Marc Jacobs Spring Summer 2013: Swinging Sixties Stripes

11 September 2012 by

It's always a given that Marc Jacobs' New York will be a doozie. Commercial or tricky, sexy or restrained, MJ's moment in NYC is always a game-changer. So when we finally made it to our seat after the now ubiquitous panic to get through the queue, we were pretty excited to see what mood MJ was in for Spring. Turns out he's on a nostalgic tour of London's Swinging Sixties with Bridget Reilly-esque Op Art stripes and micro minis that Twiggy would've been proud of. But being Marc Jacobs there was nothing costume-y about his vision.

Sure, you had lady-like two piece suits with under the knee hemlines adding modest tenor to proceedings but with skirts cut perilously low on the hips and jackets cropped to reveal tummies, Marc maintained his signature subversive twist to conservative staples.

Particular faves included the eye-trickery of the stripy finale gowns, pretty scalloped bell sleeves and endless flounces from mini hemlines to ruffed dicky collars. While it might sound girly there was a definite sense of sex appeal this season - not least from the inches of midriff on show. And in terms of production values, the best way to describe a Marc Jacobs show in NYC is that it has a stadium feel. Not only is it packed to the rafters, but the slick choreography - this season during the finales a bank of revolving doors opened to reveal an army of stripy vixens- adds exponentially to the show's hype. Where A/W 2012 had us quaking in our boots, this season is totally on the money - we call it an investment collection.

Soundtrack: Copped It, The Fall
FROW Fave Faces: Rachel Zoe, Andre Leon Tally
Favourite Look: Leopard prints and flouncy mini dresses


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