Marc By Marc Jacobs Goes Utilitarian Chic For Spring 2012, Elle Fanning Does The Same For His Show

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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It wouldn't be New York Fashion Week without wondering just what Marc Jacobs has up his heavily tattooed sleeve. In a whizz-bang fashion switcheroo, he moved his Marc by Marc Jacobs show earlier in the week and his signature collection later, for a reason people are still in a TIZZ-AY about. (Is he possibly taking over Dior? Is he leaving his signature line? Does he just want to change it up from time to time like any normal person is allowed to?) The Marc method—or, at least how we view his collections every Fashion Week—is to watch the big collection first then guess what the sister line, Marc by Marc, will look like. They almost always reference each other in some way—the luxe collection carrying the main theme (polka dots, pencil skirts, forest green, jungle cats, what have you) into the everyday line. But with the tables turned this year, we have no idea what to expect. If the Marc by Marc collection is any indication, though, the spring MJ gal is going to be stocking her wardrobe with colorful yet MINIMAL pieces (much like Elle Fanning, who arrived wearing a bold, fire-engine red shirt and matching shorts). Oh, yes, and she will also need bird prints, stripes, and a plastic sun visor (obvs).

Marc seemed to reflect upon his roots with this easygoing collection. The was a touch of the '90s going on (we ADORED the shiny, high-waisted pants and black strapless top, which were very Last Days of Disco), and the designs were quiet, the cuts pronounced (like the various uses of peplums, especially on the striped black and red Parisian number), and there were no loud patterns like with the safari-esque motifs that ran heavily throughout his fall collection. It looks like a wearable collection (if a tad basic and not as playful as last season), but still, Marc has a way with catalyzing TRENDS, so perhaps his vision of a more pared-down, utilitarian spring is what's in order. Still, there were bits o' FUN, people. Like, VISORS! And AWESOME-TOWN multi-colored hightop sneakers. The soundtrack was everyone from the Beastie Boys and Santigold song "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" to Britney Spears. There were covetable oversized bags and 1940s-style swimsuits, too, and darker separates that pair easily with the everyday wardrobe. But we can't help but feel as if something was missing in the somewhat, well, basic basics. Guess we'll have to wait for the next show and see.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2012.
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Elle Fanning at the Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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