Marc Jacobs mixes it up with monochrome spots and stripes at New York Fashion Week
14:01 GMT, 11 September 2012
Marc Jacobs made an impact last night punctuating the catwalk with bold monochrome prints.
From stripey jumpsuits to polka-dot dresses the U.S. designer showcased an array of Sixties-inspired designs.
With expressionless faces the models let the statement garments do all the talking, as front row spectators including Alexa Chung, Hailee Steinfeld and Carine Roitfeld sat mesmerised.
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Black and white: Marc Jacobs keeps his prints simple and stark with these stripes and checks
For the past five days, the chatter at New York Fashion Week has been about softening the edges.
Carolina Herrera showed an abstract
geometric print on Monday, while Elie Tahari took his prints from Palm
Beach, mixing palm leaves, leopard skin and tropical flowers.
In earlier previews, Thakoon Panichgul had playful birds, Suno
had a retro cell phone print and Jason Wu had prints reminiscent of an X-Ray.
At Rebecca Taylor, the print was Hawaiian, with fish scales at Monique Lhuillier
and 'space clouds' at Nicole Miller.
But Marc Jacobs changed the conversation – as he often does – after going graphic.
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Making his marc: Jacobs switches the theme at New York Fashion Week from
softening the edges, by earlier designers, to a rapid round of striking geometric prints
Prints with purpose: Jacob's collection features simple repetitive stripes and patterns, with skirts feathered into strips
'Prints are personality, they have emotion, they tell a story,'
said Stacey Bendet, designer of Alice and Olivia – herself wearing a
leopard-print dress on Monday to present a collection that included a variety
of florals – from digital prints to painterly and candy-coloured designs.
Over the past five days, the chatter at
New York Fashion Week was about softening the edges. Predictably, Marc
Jacobs changed the conversation after going graphic.
Prints with personality: These prints demand a double take with a touch of the comic look
Black-and-white stripes followed by red stripes, tan stripes and more black-and-white stripes came in rapid sequence down the runway.
There was a mod mood to the spring collection, especially the short T-shirt dresses with scalloped hemlines, but not a hint of Jacob’s mystical forest theme he had for the current autumn season.
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'It was so graphic with no frills,' said Adam Glassman, creative director of O, The Oprah magazine.
Stylist and fashion commentator Mary Alice Stephenson called it 'candy-striper cool'.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week continues through Thursday before the fashion crowd heads to London, Milan and Paris.