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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: NY Magazine


Key Takeaways:
  While Marc Jacobs’ namesake collection was all about theatrics, his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection provided much more wearable looks.  Of note was the often-subtle asymmetry seen in the collection–perhaps one shirt panel done in a different fabric, or having a rounded corner hem on one jacket side and a square corner hem on the other.  Key trends included: the high waistline, colorblocking, dots, bows, short shorts, emphasis on the waistline, and nautical influences (e.g. sailor pants, horizontal stripes, navy blue).

Color Palette:  Neutrals plus navy, red, brown, and olive yellow.

Silhouettes:  For women, the most important trends were: emphasis on the (high) waistline, boxy dresses and jackets, the cropped jacket, skirts that fall at mid-thigh,and skinny pants.  Key detailing included oversized pockets and the v-strap neckline.  For men, skinny pants, short shorts, and tiny collars on collared shirts.

Accessories Report:  For women, belts at the waist, wide-brimmed hats, tall newsboy-style caps, shoulder strap handbags, the clutch…and luggage.  The Marc by Marc Jacobs woman is a jet-setter.  For men, too-short ties, medium width ties, sport sneakers, and aviator sunglasses (hung in the pocket, not worn).

What’s Wearable:  Silhouettes, minus the short shorts and skinny pants, were generally wearable–though the subtle asymmetry of the garments is harder to pull off.  Our favorite wearable look for women was a silk tie-neck polka-dotted blouse paired with a high-waisted navy skirt fashioned to emulate sailor pants.  On the men, we loved the 70s inspired safari coat.

What’s Not Wearable:
  If you’re uncomfortable with the untraditional, skip this collection.

Previous Marc Jacobs Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Fall 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs

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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: NY Magazine


Key Takeaways:
  Is ugly the new pretty?  Marc Jacobs seems to think so.  Jacobs’ Spring 2008 collection, staged in reverse, featured ironically constructed half-finished garments composed into fully finished looks appropriate for all of the different high school cliques: the goth kids, the drama kids, the cheerleaders, the nerds, and even the prom queen.  Despite the theatrics of the collection, Jacobs wove some key Spring 2008 trends into his collection: colorblocking, sequins, an emphasis on the waist, high-waisted bottoms, and the colors purple, pink, and orange.

Color Palette:  Neutrals accompanied by pinks, purples, blues, yellows, and oranges.

Silhouettes:  All over the place.  Of note were the high-waisted pants and skirts, the short shorts, and the capes–which are coming back for Fall 2007.

Accessories Report:  Nerd glasses, short necklaces, gloves, Attitude.

What’s Wearable:  Specific pieces were wearable: a heather grey high-waisted knit skirt, a cropped black jacket with pockets at the shoulder.  But the looks were designed to stay on the runway.

What’s Not Wearable:  Let’s just say that Marc Jacobs didn’t design this collection for wearability.  But for good measure, we’ll say: ditch the witch hats.

Previous Marc Jacobs Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Fall 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs

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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: Dan Lecca for Mercedes Benz


Key Takeaways:
  Oscar de la Renta presented a refined collection of ladylike clothes for the ladies who lunch.

Color Palette: 
Creams and whites, with red, sky blue, and shades of green as primary accent colors.

Silhouettes:  Much like Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta showed a small-over-big silhouette.  Both woven and knit tops were fitted, while bottoms left more room for volume. Pants were cut both high-waisted and wide-legged, while skirts featuring controlled volume tended to fall just above the knee line.  Spring 2008 trends included: the hip length jacket, wide legged pants, high-waisted jeans, knee-length skirts, boxy jackets, the vest, and the tiered skirt.  Details included ruffles, the v-strap neckline, bows, textured knits, and the bubble hem.

Accessories Report:  The giant clutch as a handbag, sunglasses (extra points for colored frames), cuff bracelets, and belts at the natural waistline.

What’s Wearable:  Most everything in Oscar de la Renta’s Spring collection are items that could have come out of a Park Avenue socialite’s closet.  Favorite looks included a double-breasted cap sleeved coat-dress in navy and the epitome of old-school glamour: a feather-adorned floor length black and white gown (pictured, middle). 

What’s Not Wearable:  Pattern-on-pattern action for both the skirt and the jacket is a bit much, unless you’re blessed with a model’s figure.

Previous Oscar de la Renta Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Fall 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Oscar de la Renta
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Oscar de la Renta
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Oscar de la Renta
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Oscar de la Renta

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Tildon Cable Knit Pointelle Cardigan

Tildon Cable Knit Pointelle Cardigan

Grey is the color of choice to counterbalance this Fall’s acid brights. Wear it in cardigan form for a preppy chic look–and score bonus points for the cute 3/4 sleeves.

$52  at Nordstrom.

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