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Brief Published: 11 Sep 2012

NYFW S/S 13: Marc Jacobs & the New Nautical


A classic summer print, stripes are a timeless favourite for Spring/Summer, and several big-name designers have shown reimagined takes on the nautical staple during New York Fashion Week for S/S 2013.

Tommy Hilfiger’s preppy red, white and blue stripes had an Art Deco feel, with languid suiting and oversized cable-knit sweaters reminiscent of a 1920s country club. With a sense of the waspy glamour depicted in The Great Gatsby, the collection was classic East Coast with an edge of cool provided through unexpected fabrications such as leather shift dresses, oversized knitwear and motocross-style striped biker jackets.

At Marc Jacobs, stripes were the prominent design feature with an aesthetic rooted in Beatnik attitude, drawing heavily from the Swinging Sixties for inspiration. Sixties ‘it girl’ and Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick would no doubt feel at home in the micro hemlines and disco-inspired curved stripes, topped off with beehives and smoky winged eyes for a full gamine look.

The lines and angles of the stripes themselves were played with to psychedelic effect, with sequins, checkerboard patterns and diagonal lines in varying diameters creating a dizzying result. From classic horizontal to geometric reinterpretations, Jacobs championed stripes to their full advantage, offering an array of covetable pieces that will no doubt prove street-style favourites by next season.

NYFW continues until Thursday.

Marc Jacobs
Tommy Hilfiger