Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 19, 2011

It’s always fun to try and guess ahead of time where the latest Marc Jacobs collection is going to pull its references from and what time and place in history it will evoke. Depression-Era country girl moves to the big city:  rural-inspired looks with a ’20s feel evolving into flapper-inspired looks, staged like a Fosse production with Phillip Glass as the soundtrack. Hunh. Wouldn’t have guessed that. The man has a sense of drama to match his considerable sense of design and style. As is often the case with his runway shows, mental editing is required to break down the theatrical looks to wearable pieces but we love the dropped waists, gingham prints, cloche hats and flapper looks, all updated in sheers and shiny plastic-like fabrics in modern colors. He can look at any era or any style and always find some way to make it fresh or put his own spin on it.
Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 Collection
Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 Collection
Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 Collection
Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 Collection
Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 Collection

 

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  • Anonymous

    Mein lieber Herr Jacobs! Some great ideas in there but not a fan of those skirts.

    • MilaXX

      I actually like the drop waist skirts, just not the big flounces on the front.

      • Anonymous

        That was also my main reason for disliking them. But I also object to the use of Cellophane in lieu of fabric.

        • Anonymous

          This, ugh. So very not appealing.

    • Anonymous

      who would look good in a skirt that looks like you have a giant Manitou growing out of your knee?

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    Are dropped waists going to be the new thing?  Weren’t high waists just coming back a year ago? 

    • Anonymous

      I hope not! I have a long torso and a round butt and I’m still waiting for high waists to trickle down to my price point. Dropped waists are the devil!

  • Anonymous

    nah.  not loving any of this.  I usually can appreciate sheer and shiny more than most people, but not these. 

    And what is with the Sacks on the front on those skirts – bows?  ok what is with those giant bows at the models’ crotches?

    The model on the right in row one – scary to be able to see that many chest/rib? bones

  • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

    Nope, still not a fan of this collection, particularly with the fabric choices. And after I read some of the looks were inspired by the movie Precious, I was like…what?

    • MilaXX

      inspired by what?

  • Anonymous

    Not a fan of the skirts that appear to have tumors on the front.  I like the short jackets, even though it’s not something I’ll ever be able to wear (big boobs + small, short jacket = appearance of wearing kid’s clothes).  And I won’t ever wear socks with dress shoes again (did that in elementary school, once was enough).  I like more than I dislike though.

    Grey skirt with chartreuse line near the hem?  Reminds me of Viktor’s skirt from the Real Woman Challenge.

  • Anonymous

    Very “They Shoot Robots, Don’t They?”

    I also suspect the references to Galiano’s theatricality and propensity for Period Drama (as he’d already covered this era for Dior) are no accident. Someone want’s a new job….

  • Anonymous

    Whimsical and fun typical Marc Jacobs line, the peplum and tiered skirts need to go back to the 80′s.

  • Maigan Hulme

    really not loving the fabric crotch ponytails. it’s kinda like in the early 90s when you would knot your shirt at the side. but coming from your crotch. this is, however, the first time i have seen socks and heels where they don’t look awkward to me.

  • Cheri Lee

    The top with the neon yellow sleeves is so right now!  I love it!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, sounds like a fun show. 

    I like a lot of these, but I will not lie. I have an unhealthy love for the dropped waist. I had a dropped waist wedding gown. It didn’t look terrible because I was thin and it was nicely made, but it sure as hell wasn’t flattering, either.

    I even like the looks with too much fabric arranged in the front of the skirt simply because those skirts begin from a dropped waistline.

    Point being, I am not objective about the dropped waist.

    I also like a few of the jackets. Want to see the bolero-length ones in simpler ensembles – they don’t look especially great here and my imagination fails.

    I can like gingham, but don’t like any of the gingham checks shown here. Especially not the blouse in middle of row 4. It appears to not have any darts, it’s not going to look good on anyone except a model and it doesn’t look great on this model.

  • Anonymous

    These outfits remind me of the kind of frocks Monty Python would wear when they dressed as women. 

  • Anonymous

    I liked looking at these but the silhouette (is that the right use of the word?) is not going to work well on me, it never has.  

    I do like the loafers – I may have to have a bunch of trousers taken up in length so I can wear flats again!

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    oh boy this is bad.

    it’s the most pretentious etsy filtered thru lots & lots of money. i usually think of marc jacobs as kind of the rich man’s steve madden, tho marc jacobs usually reinterprets, shall we say, the past while steve madden reinterprets whatever marc jacobs has reinterpreted {among others}. but this time marc jacobs kind of stepped into madden-ing territory by reinterpreting whats current –if not necessarily good– while making it somewhat more palatable & sellable to the still working at middle class jobs {if just for now} masses.

    theres only a couple things here i like or would wear or anything: the green dress, 7th row right; the cropped plaid jacket, 2nd row right; the mint jacket, 5th row right {maybe}; the red skirt, 4th row middle {another maybe}. i really do, btw, like the green dress.

    but so much of the rest of this looks like he took the tablecloths & window curtains out of not an actual period but instead a retro diner, one of those that charges more money than it should for things like chicken in a biscuit. i mean, at best this stuff looks like the uniforms for the waitstaff. not to mention the plastic wrap in which they wrap the leftover salad & sandwich meats before they place them in the walk-in for another day.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LU5C262WB3Z5F4WZ6QGKXLNLE JaneM

      Poor etsy.

  • http://twitter.com/lauraliest lauraliest

    Darlings, I don’t know if you’ve seen it already – because it completely slipped by me until now – that Downton Abbey is back!

  • Anonymous

    My initial impression was that if Ashton Kutcher was a woman, he would love this. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/emily.w.sings Emily Wilkerson

    I generally like these clothes, but the models are so emaciated that it’s distracting me from the good design!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527150091 Pat Biswanger

      I was just thinking the same thing, Emily.  When I saw the one on the far right in the top row, I thought, someone should have called an ambulance for her, right on the spot.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    A fascinating and arresting presentation.  I’m not sold entirely on the fabrications or some of the Shapes.  The skirts with the low massive metallic fabric front drapery looked odd and mis-placed.  And some of the more aggressively artificial textiles looked as though they would be quite hot and uncomfortable to wear in real time.  But over all I thought it was a well conceived collection with a great deal to recommend it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1077090078 Megan Sullivan

    Love most of the tops, not loving all the bunched up skirts or whatever they are. Love all the bright colors.

  • Kate Pearce

    Yeah, we are all going to look ‘fabulous’ in low slung, calf-length skirts cut on the bias… I like the colors though.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm…. not loving this collection.  Many of the looks appear to have just too much going on at once and some of that is not attractive.  The bunched fabric blobs on the skirts I just don’t get nor do i understand the super shiny, cheap looking fabrics used for some of this.  Not one of my faves this season….sorry.

  • Anonymous

    Wow.  I hate all of this.  ALL. OF. IT.  Drop-waisted skirts with a giant pouch for your colostomy bag just don’t say “wear me!” to me.  Even the cloche hats, which I usually think are cute, don’t look right here, they look more like those ugly knit caps worn in the winter.  And is that model in the middle of the forth row from the bottom wearing a SaranWrap skirt?  Really?  Who in their right mind wants to wear plastic clothing?  Ew ew ew.  No…just…no.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63FW2Y5BWUARL7PJGWK54TUDGE Carrieanno

      I think some of those pouches may actually be designer colostomy bags.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63FW2Y5BWUARL7PJGWK54TUDGE Carrieanno

      I think some of those pouches may actually be designer colostomy bags.

  • Terence Ng

    Saw the plasti-dress and thought: dere-LICTe.

  • Terence Ng

    Saw the plasti-dress and thought: dere-LICTe.

  • Anonymous

    Umm…didn’t Prada already do this for Fall 2011?

  • Anonymous

    Umm…didn’t Prada already do this for Fall 2011?

  • Anonymous

    Ralph Lauren also references the 1920s in his S/S line.  I wonder how much either was influenced by Baz Luhrmann’s redo of The Great Gatsby, currently in production.  I began to notice the ’20s  influence in the S/S 2011 collections this year–picked up a few pieces on sale on the premise that by next spring the trend will be full-blown.  My version of staying ahead of the curve at a good price. 

  • Anonymous

    Ralph Lauren also references the 1920s in his S/S line.  I wonder how much either was influenced by Baz Luhrmann’s redo of The Great Gatsby, currently in production.  I began to notice the ’20s  influence in the S/S 2011 collections this year–picked up a few pieces on sale on the premise that by next spring the trend will be full-blown.  My version of staying ahead of the curve at a good price. 

  • Anonymous

    They shoot anklets, don’t they? This stuff is totally schmatta-ville. Seriously. Ew. 

  • Anonymous

    They shoot anklets, don’t they? This stuff is totally schmatta-ville. Seriously. Ew. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63FW2Y5BWUARL7PJGWK54TUDGE Carrieanno

    I can’t imagine wanting to wear any of these at any point in my life.   What a pretentious insult to women’s intelligence and taste.

  • Anonymous

    What everyone else said [negative].

    While I would love for beautiful twenties’ inspired looks to come back, this is a whole lot of fug. My least favorite collection so far this fall. So many unflattering elements!

    I would however like to see in my closet two things:
    the cute gingham short jacket, row 2, far right,
    and the black pantsuit, row 8 (third from bottom), far left. It’s very handsome.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll never understand why designers are so enamored of that crew sox with heels look. It’s utterly ridiculous as a style element.

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear!   No.

    Don’t like these dumpy baggy clothes.    I think the Olsen Sisters will pay money for them though.

  • Anonymous

    The fabric alone looks awfully cheap and wrong in the majority of these pieces.

  • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

    Whole thing is hiddy from top to bottom. Don’t get the love. 

    Especially those fabric merkins…I don’t think any of us want to draw attention to that area if we can help it :-O

  • Anonymous

    I love head scarves and cloches so much that I got all dazzled and thought I liked the collection. Then I looked again and realized that all but a few of the looks were awful. Boo! But one thing I will say: this is the first time I’ve dug the heels and socks thing. 

  • Anonymous

    I love head scarves and cloches so much that I got all dazzled and thought I liked the collection. Then I looked again and realized that all but a few of the looks were awful. Boo! But one thing I will say: this is the first time I’ve dug the heels and socks thing. 

  • Anonymous

    I love head scarves and cloches so much that I got all dazzled and thought I liked the collection. Then I looked again and realized that all but a few of the looks were awful. Boo! But one thing I will say: this is the first time I’ve dug the heels and socks thing. 

  • Anonymous

    I can hardly wait to step out in a cellophane skirt with black thigh-highs.  I know my friends will all say “Ooh girl, you look like a flapper-farmer”.

  • Helen C

    Hm.  Some pieces look really cheap, like they are from a night market in China in 1995. 
    And these models look like they are starving from the Depression. 

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Adore 6th row center, but I’m afraid it’s for someone much younger than me.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not feeling the skirts looking caught in their drawers look but much of it is lovely

  • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

    I can’t wait until Spring so I can wear plastic dresses and heels with socks. It’s been my dream for years.

    I’m trying to remember the last time I was actually pissed off by a collection.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      only better if the plastic, saran wrap, tablecloths & socks can be worn in the summer. say mid-late august, maybe.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        Yep. I’ll really be rockin’ it in the dead of summer down here in NC.

        • Anonymous

          Don’t forget to wear your granny-panties underneath!

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            The look wouldn’t be complete without them.

  • Anonymous

    The yellow-and-beige polo/rugby shirt, the red leather(?) skirt, and the pantsuit (three rows up, far left) all make me drool. Most of the rest isn’t really doing it for me.

  • Anonymous

    Fosse: Check  20s: Check  Phillip Glass: Check, hands down favorite collection of his

  • Anonymous

    I really like it, even the ‘cellophane’, and I’m surprised by the negativity here. I’m not going to go out and start dressing like this, but it made me think of a futuristic movie about a culture in hard times. Maybe because I saw the clip online before seeing the stills. But even looking at the stills, I like the muted colors, the longline silhouette, the wilted look of an outfit at the end of the day rather than the beginning.

    Also, I don’t see drop waists so much as no waist, longer tops (which I love) and narrow skirts.

    I’m curious to see what the ‘cellophane’ fabric looks like in real life. I’m not a fan of plastic, but if there could be a fabric made out of recycled plastic bags, that might be cool.

    I have to admit a deep soft spot for Marc Jacobs, although I haven’t liked all his collections. A lot of his references make me think we had very similar childhoods and were fascinated by the same things.

  • Anonymous

    meh

  • Anonymous

    meh

  • Anonymous

    LOVE IT!

  • http://twitter.com/DresswithAplomb Aplomb Pomilio

    Ooh. It must have been one of those “you had to be there to appreciate it” things. I do not see one attractive thing except that seablue jacket.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BA6BTBV4V3MQRX6K2HDEL7Y7TU MerridithK

    My God, this is inspired and gorgeous.  While I could never afford or fit into any of these clothes, I certainly can appreciate how beautiful they are.  Fabulous modern interpretations of an historic era of American fashion.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    A lovely collection, I am sure, but all I keep seeing is socks and heels, socks and heels. And yes, I remember quite well TLO telling us over a year ago to get used to it, that it would be big on the runway.  But it doesn’t make it right.  :-P

  • Anonymous

    I like but not love.  I do love the fabric choices.  A little shine is nice.  Is that taffeta?

  • Anonymous

    I like but not love.  I do love the fabric choices.  A little shine is nice.  Is that taffeta?

  • Anonymous

    I like but not love.  I do love the fabric choices.  A little shine is nice.  Is that taffeta?

  • Anonymous

    I like but not love.  I do love the fabric choices.  A little shine is nice.  Is that taffeta?

  • Anonymous

    I like but not love.  I do love the fabric choices.  A little shine is nice.  Is that taffeta?

  • Anonymous

    I like but not love.  I do love the fabric choices.  A little shine is nice.  Is that taffeta?

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure some of those models have crotch gills.

  • Anonymous

    NO.  This just makes my head hurt.  My brain doesn’t know how to process it/library it.  And the artificial mint-chip/pistachio color is vile.

  • Anonymous

    Some of the shiner stuff looks like an unconventional materials challenge.  I do quite like most of this collection though.  The music or whatever in the video sounds like an extended version of something you’d hear on Radiolab.