Marc By Marc Jacobs Pairs 1940s Military With British Punk Rock

Marc By Marc Jacobs

Looks from the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 14.
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After seeing Marc Jacobs' pimped out, pilgrim-inspired NYFW show on Monday, we weren't sure WHAT to expect from his Marc by Marc Jacobs line. But we were oddly surprised at the straightforward streamlined collection, which featured tons of World War II meets '80s punk rock ensembles. Marc stuck to a mostly red, white, and blue palette with lots of blacks, grays, a few metallic pieces, and—get this—RAT TAILS! In his first ensemble, he took the workman's jumpsuit and transformed it into a more fitted, wearable wardrobe staple by adding a tailored button waist and feminine neckline. He put a striped black, white, and red shirt underneath for a pop of color and finished the look with a military-style hat and heavy black motorcycle boots. Up next was an art deco navy blue and red printed shift dress with a black fur coat, gray socks, military-style boots, and thick plastic-rim glasses.

In another look, he went for an oversized '80s graphic sweater paired with a black and white midi-length pleated skirt paired with a tall military hat, socks, and studded shoes. For a very '40s menswear-inspired ensemble, he belted a black wool coat with a white button-up shirt and loose red trousers tucked into punky buckled boots. He finished the ensemble with cat-eye sunglasses and a pop of matte red lipstick. The soundtrack perfectly reflected his collection—he played a remix of classic punk rock songs by British bands The Buzzcocks and Public Image Ltd. The sound of Johnny Rotten's voice paired with military-esque ensembles gave a full-circle feel of the inspiration behind Marc's line. Because, I mean, what's more punk rock than watching models walk to the sound of Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten himself? Prooobably nothing.

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