Marc Jacobs is Fashion Week"s prints charming with a perfect graphic mash-up in his spring/summer 2013 Marc by Marc collection at New York…

Marc Jacobs is Fashion Week's prints charming with a perfect graphic mash-up in his Marc by Marc collection

|

UPDATED:

13:21 GMT, 13 September 2012

Like the tour-de-force signature collection he had shown just a night before, Marc Jacobs' secondary line for summer 2013 was infused with an upbeat, optical illusion-inspired enthusiasm.

The models suantered to an
electropop song repeating the words Mind Games over and over again – perhaps a literal reference at any attempt to make sense of the eclectic mixed-and-matched prints
that took to the runway.

But that's what is so special about a Marc by Marc Jacobs show, the designer's younger brand. It takes the serious cues from his aspirational line and turns them into a youthful, inspirational fantasy.

Marc by Marc: Like the tour-de-force signature collection showed last night, Marc Jacobs' secondary line for summer 2013 was infused with an upbeat, optical illusion-inspired enthusiasm

Marc by Marc: Like the tour-de-force signature collection showed last night, Marc Jacobs' secondary line for summer 2013 was infused with an upbeat, optical illusion-inspired enthusiasm

Marc by Marc: Like the tour-de-force signature
collection showed last night, Marc Jacobs' secondary line
for summer 2013 was infused with an upbeat, optical illusion-inspired
enthusiasm

The linear, graphic theme from the earlier Marc Jacobs show
was effortlessly passed down, with thick stripes being the basis
of many outfits.

But
while the grown-up version was serious, in blacks and whites, the
Marc by Marc girl wears hers in bright colours – mixed with anything
she can get her hands on. Most likely that thing is already sitting on her bedroom floor.

It was almost a rediscovery of Nineties grunge – just with an upbeat, neon Japanese, nomadic twist.

And with this modern best-bits-from-the-vintage-store mentality, the little-sister show is a Teen Vogue stylists' dream, with the loud pops of colour and electric prints layered-and-layered upon one and
other. But this kind of layer-it-on dressing isn't simple to pull off.

Prints charming: The models sauntered to an electropop song which repeated the words Mind Games over and over again - perhaps a literal reference at any attempt to make sense of the eclectic mixed-and-matched prints

Prints charming: The models sauntered to an electropop song which repeated the words Mind Games over and over again - perhaps a literal reference at any attempt to make sense of the eclectic mixed-and-matched prints

Prints charming: The models sauntered to
an
electropop song which repeated the words Mind Games over and over again –
perhaps a literal reference at any attempt to make sense of the
eclectic mixed-and-matched prints

Strong stripes: The linear theme at the signature Marc Jacobs show was passed down, with thick stripes being the basis of many outfits

Strong stripes: The linear theme at the signature Marc Jacobs show was passed down, with thick stripes being the basis of many outfits

Strong stripes: The linear theme at the signature Marc Jacobs show was passed down, with thick stripes being the basis of many outfits

Strong stripes: The linear theme at the signature Marc Jacobs show was passed down, with thick stripes being the basis of many outfits

Summer swim: The girly swimsuits should be mixed with anything the Marc by Marc girl can get her hands on, mixing-and-matching is demanded when layering is sparse

Summer swim: The girly swimsuits should be mixed with anything the Marc by Marc girl can get her hands on, mixing-and-matching is demanded when layering is sparse

Summer swim: The girly swimsuits should be mixed with anything the Marc by Marc girl can get her hands on, mixing-and-matching is demanded when layering is sparse

Summer swim: The girly but graphic swimsuits should be mixed with anything
the Marc by Marc girl can get her hands on, mixing-and-matching is demanded when layering is sparse

You're still registering the paisley
print jumpsuit, nipped-in at the waist with a floral obi belt,
accessorized with a check scarf tied at the neck, and a cute zig-zag
printed headscarf worked into a turban, when a striped dress saunters by,
layered over a even larger striped T-shirt, worn with woolly socks
under a pair of
polka dot wedge heels.

It's this clever, mind game-playing styling that makes a Marc by Marc Jacobs show, and the brand overall, so appealing.

But
you get the feeling that as stand alone pieces, hanging in-store on racks, they
would look sparse, unable to hold their own, lacking the oomph and more
beautifully crafted touches of his signature line.

Style big: It's with this best-bits-from-the-vintage-store mentality that Marc Jacobs' little-sister show is such a success - the loud pops of colour and electric prints in a kind of layer-it-on dressing that isn't simple to pull off

Style big: It's with this best-bits-from-the-vintage-store mentality that Marc Jacobs' little-sister show is such a success - the loud pops of colour and electric prints in a kind of layer-it-on dressing that isn't simple to pull off

Style big: It's with this best-bits-from-the-vintage-store mentality that Marc Jacobs' little-sister show is such a success – the loud pops of colour and electric prints in a kind of layer-it-on dressing that isn't simple to pull off

Marc Jacobs: the designer takes his bow at the Lexington Armory, where his shows are held each year at New York Fashion Week

Marc Jacobs: the designer takes his bow at the Lexington Armory, where his shows are held each year at New York Fashion Week