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New York…Marc Jacobs

Eliza Doolittle, Mary Poppins, London club kids in the ’80s, Japanese textiles, Madame Grés, traditional resort wear, Coco Chanel, Carrie Bradshaw when she went to Paris to meet the Russian and wore that kooky hat… at the Marc Jacobs show during recent seasons, it’s been fun to analyze each look as it comes down the runway, to wonder where this piece and that piece is derived from, which other designers served as inspiration (this time? Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Claude Montana all come to mind). This season’s collection is once again a tremendous mash-up of the many styles that are popular now, more than ever before they seem to collide together in a clash of eras and ethnicities. But there comes a moment when you would do well to just stop, take a moment and let the clothes and the bags and the shoes and the obi belts and yes, the crazy hats, simply wash over you. It’s only when you do this that you see how these seemingly disparate elements work together to create a seamless whole, a collection in fact and why season after season Marc Jacobs is deemed to be America’s number one designer.

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