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Marc Jacobs Made Mercer Street His Runway for Resort 2016

Now trending: the street as show venue.
Photo: Marc Jacobs Facebook

Photo: Marc Jacobs Facebook

Change has been in the air at Marc Jacobs for a few months now: The designer has joined the world of social media after years of resistance, he’s folded cult-favorite Marc by Marc Jacobs label into his main line (letting go of relatively new hire Luella Bartley in the process) and on Tuesday in New York, he showed a resort collection that was a beautiful continuation of his critically acclaimed, Diana Vreeland-inspired fall 2015 show.

With their hair tied in headscarves and drawn-on brows, models including Amber Valetta, Molly Bair, Natalie Westline and Hanne Gaby Odiele presented Jacobs's 35-piece resort collection to a small group of press and buyers at his Mercer Street store on Tuesday. Due to the small space, the makeshift runway extended out onto the pavement, much like the setup at the Gucci resort show last week. The looks were heavy on the adornment, with grommets, jewels, sequins, feathers or cut-outs embellishing nearly every garment. The shoes ranged from studded, pointy-toe flats to chunky, shiny red boots — both of which will likely please fans of Jacobs’s quirkier side.

The "resort" element came through in the sheer paneling that appeared on dresses (allowing models’ midriffs to peek through) as well as a two-piece nautical look involving high-waisted trousers and a striped crop top, full broderie anglaise skirts, and a wildflower motif that was printed and embroidered on airy, light fabric. While the drama that characterized the fall collection was still present, the easy-to-wear dresses, statement coats and bejeweled separates perfectly straddle the line between commercial and directional — and isn’t that what the resort season is really all about?

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