NY Fashion Week: Marc Jacobs showcases colourful line
Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Spring/Summer 12 collection is characterised by colour and minimalism.
The US fashion designer showed his diffusion line at New York Fashion Week last night. The presentation took place at the Lexington Avenue Armory at 8pm, after Marc had to move his main line’s fashion show to later in the week due to the impact of Hurricane Irene.
The collection is usually showed earlier in the day, so the show had more of a party vibe than usual.
“And, though it was most likely pure coincidence, the clothes had a new attitude too. They were sleeker, cleaner and more grown up than they have been in recent memory,” reports WWD.
The clothes were far more minimalist that people have come to expect from Marc by Marc Jacobs. That doesn’t mean they were boring, as colour was the big story of the show. Models wore navy tailored trousers teamed with longer length blue/grey jackets with a pop of orange courtesy of the lining.
Orange has already become one of the biggest looks of the catwalk, with Marc going for a similar colour palette to Victoria Beckham’s high end collection. Shift dresses carved from the hue came down the runway, while blue short A-line skirts were teamed with silky tops in the colour.
Red, emerald green and stripes also featured in the polished collection, which was a hit with critics.
Also showing yesterday was Victoria’s new line, simply called Victoria by Victoria Beckham.
As if to show this is meant for a younger audience, the designer showcased the collection while bouncing her baby daughter Harper Seven on her knee.
As has come to be expected with Victoria the dress was key, and borrowed heavily from the 60s. So knee-length frocks boasted drop waist lines, pleated skirts, cute collars and scalloped hems.
It wasn’t all about the past though, fun prints – such as clouds, moons and cats – made the collection exciting, while cocoon shapes gave it a high-end feel. The line was looser and freer than her high-end pieces, although still unmistakably her aesthetic.
The star explained she wants the line to appeal to people of all ages, with the bright colour palette shot through with some greys and blacks sure to appeal to all.
Victoria chatted her way through the presentation, giving some revealing insights into her life with soccer star husband David and their family.
“And here, this dress? It looks like a giant Fabergé egg, doesn't it? And this is our moon print. Which is great,” she laughed at one point.
Victoria, wearing one of her cat print frocks added later: “I'm very into conversational prints this season. I want a cat but David won't let me have one – he doesn't want them bringing mice in the house. He's a dog person.”
She picked out a black shift with scalloped neckline which she insists she’d wear with “flats during the day”, and was proud of the “subtle branding” of a V at another piece’s neck.
Also showing yesterday was Betsey Johnson, who had Nicki Minaj sitting front row. The designer said the American singer inspired her new line – as did her recent boob job.
The clothes started off in sheer white, coupled with slashes of bright pink lipstick. Brighter colours followed as did floral patterns, tulip skirts and then sequins.
Also showing yesterday was Carolina Herrera, who also boasted a visit from Nicki. Collections from Donna Karan and Rebecca Minkoff also premiered, with Badgley Mischka, Vera Wang and Hervé Léger happening today.