Marc Jacobs Takes '80s Kitsch to the Max for Resort 2017

Clearly, he wants his MTV.
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Backstage at Marc Jacobs's resort show. Photo: Marc Jacobs

Backstage at Marc Jacobs's resort show. Photo: Marc Jacobs

While designers have been enamored with all things '70s for several years now, the '80s have crept into the spotlight in recent seasons, most notably on the fall 2016 runways at Saint Laurent, Moschino and Isabel Marant. Not one to be outdone, Marc Jacobs — who took home the CFDA Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year just hours earlier — presented his resort 2017 collection in New York on Tuesday, and it took this kitschy, high-gloss theme to the max. From the teased, crimped hair and bold, black eyeliner to the pop culture-inspired motifs and loud, mixed prints that ran the gamut from checkers to leopard print to abstract neon squiggles, it was an explosion of retro goodness that will no doubt light up street style photos and Instagram in the months ahead.   

Backstage at Marc Jacobs's resort show. Photo: Marc Jacobs

Backstage at Marc Jacobs's resort show. Photo: Marc Jacobs

The nostalgia-heavy show, which was set to a Duran Duran soundtrack, hit all of the notes that any baby of the '80s would hope for: heavy metal studded leather jackets, teetering platform boots, thick chokers, colored denim with an acid wash effect, windbreaker-inspired jackets, puffy-sleeved dresses and both holographic and metallic fabrications fit for a solid night of clubbing. Looks were personalized with handfuls of pins (bottle caps, flamingos, cigarettes, dice and palm trees account for a small number of the designs), and pieces like a prim tulle gown were given a punk twist with chains, bedazzled appliqués and a dark bra peeking out from underneath.

Perhaps the hero piece of the collection is the MTV sweatshirt, which hearkens back to the network's early days, when it featured frequent colorful animations of the logo between programs and, you know, actually played music videos.

See all the looks from the Marc Jacobs resort 2017 collection below, and keep scrolling for a video of the runway show. 

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