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MARC + MILITARY

New York: Straightforward and in-tune with current tastes, the latest Marc by Marc Jacobs show featured practical yet attractive clothing that women will want to live in. Heavy woven cottons, utility pockets, cross-body bags, and easy-to-move-in dresses were the key components of what appeared to be a “Marc does army-navy” collection. Compared to last season’s unrestrained use of color and print, these desert camouflage hues looked serene. The designer did add a few fiery accents that made the classic styles his own: intense orange-red accent stripes were added to the webbing straps of bags, and piping of the same color outlined a camel-colored wool military coat. Despite the neutral tones and tame shapes, Jacobs’ models looked adventurous and rugged in sturdy clothes that managed to retain some femininity. Picking up where Alexander Wang left off this season (and Phillip Lim, last resort season), the designer employed what is probably the most durable of its family, battenberg lace, to make a white blouse and dress that stood out in a sea of khaki. One of the best pieces in the collection was a simple southwestern Indian blanket coat, an approachable version of a current trend. Although this season may seem less stimulating at first glance, the collection will serve the Marc girl who wants to strengthen the foundation of her wardrobe with basics that are versatile and well-executed.

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