NYFW: Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2012 is a tale of two type of women

The inspiration for the Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2012 collection was 1920’s dance, Marc wanted “the feel of a Southern dance hall”. Dresses and skirts fell just bellow the knee, had fringing and sequins, but were made modern with the use of material. From gauzy sheer polyester to shiny satin, often in a check print. There were also imitation crocodile leather skirts, most notably in yellow, which is emerging as the colour for Spring.

This collection contrasted dramatically with the Marc by Marc Jacobs line, which a younger and sportier direction.

Colour blocking was the name of the game, but instead of going for blocks of colour with prints or clashing colours, the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2012 collection teamed highlighter orange or vermilion with navy, emerald green with black or lined coats with bright colours to add an extra pop. The sporty edge transferred into the collection with perspex visors as head wear and bags were large cabas style or draw string pouches in bright reds or greens. There were also several very wearable striped t-shirt dresses, but only one print which was a purple, red and green parrot print. The collection overall played it safe and was slightly disappointing for Marc Jacobs fans who were left craving something more.

Our pick of the collection were the 3 swims suits – one pieces in a 50s style, that came in a stripe, parrot print or hot red with navy detail.

Video: Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2012