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Brief Published: 15 Feb 2012

NYFW A/W 12-13: Marc Jacobs


Shown at New York Fashion Week yesterday, American fashion designer Marc Jacobs presented the Autumn/Winter 2012-13 collection of his eponymous line, channelling an offbeat aesthetic that offers strong confirmation of Stylus’ Hide & Seek A/W 12-13 industry trend.

With a vast and impressive set that resembled a wind-blown paper castle, the show was a clear departure from his recent conservatism, with oversized proportions and accessories and a dissonant colour story. The boldly expressive collection drew inspiration from elder doyennes of the fashion world, such as Italian fashion writer and style icon Anna Piaggi, and contributing fashion editor to Vogue.com, Lynn Yaeger, as well as Advancedstyle.blogspot.com – a website dedicated to older fashionistas working eccentric glamour.

Wildly oversized fur floppy hats designed by British milliner Stephen Jones topped the looks, with heavily embellished shawl coats, pilgrim-inspired shoes, intricate brocade and paisley dresses with padded hips adding to the off-the-wall aesthetic. Half sugary sweet, half clashing retro, the colour palette succinctly confirmed Stylus’ Hide & Seek industry trend, with combinations of Deep Teal and Rhododendron particularly reflective of the direction.

Already garnering positive reviews, the collection certainly doesn’t scream wearability, but does translate fashion’s current maximalist mood and pre-occupation with fearless self-expression.

New York Fashion Week runs until February 16 2012.

Marc Jacobs