Last week saw the fashion elite flock to New York to preview the trends of Autumn Winter 2013.
Social media buzz surrounded shows like Alexander Wang and Donna Karan as fervently as always, but this year, one collection in particular was hotly anticipated.
Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line from its eponymous founder, has recently changed creative hands. This NYFW was the brand’s first under the leadership of Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley.
Hillier, now creative director, and Bartley, her newly appointed design director had put their stamp on the line controlled by Jacobs since 2001, and the fashion world was waiting with baited breath to see the results.
And of course, it was not disappointed. The collection is a clear step away from stereotypical ‘Ready-to-wear’. With a mix of oversized tailoring, PVC, and denim emblazoned with 90s style transfers, it’s fair to say it is anything but subtly wearable.
Never the less, wearable it is. The pieces, though flamboyant on the catwalk, can be dressed down for everyday wear. A boxy jacket and plaid roll neck dress can be finished with simple shoes and natural hair and make-up to create a Marc by Marc Jacobs look fit for a mere mortal.
Fashion it girls Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof took to Instagram to post their approval of Hillier and Bartley’s debut collection- if that isn’t reason enough to give kudos to the new design duo, then I don’t know what is.
Whether you love Marc by Marc Jacobs’ new direction, or remain skeptical, it can’t be denied that the collection has made noise. And in a jam-packed schedule of NYFY heavyweights, that’s nothing short of impressive.
By Megan Sutton, twitter @megansuttton