Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 Collection

Posted on September 19, 2012


The very best thing about Marc Jacobs is that you never know what he’s going to do from one season to the next; where and when he’s going to pull inspiration from and then reinterpret in his own Marc Jacobs-y kind of way. For this collection it was Op Art madness as pseudo- Edie Sedgwicks and Peggy Moffitts stomped down the runway in eye-popping bold graphic prints and stripes, sporting Cleopatra eyes and scalloped hems with high, ruffled collars. It was, as it always is with Marc, a treat for the eyes.

[Photo Credit: GoRunway]

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  • bittykitty

    wow, that skirt is hanging low

    • Deb_Lynn

      definitely on the other end of the spectrum for the “uterus skirt” (edited for ENGLISH complications ??? WTF)

      • ChelseaNH

         That’s what I was thinking:  Uterus skirts *and* pubic bone skirts — how diverse!

    • kimmeister

      He’s trying to drum up business for all the bikini waxers out there.

  • Tatiana Luján

    There are certainly several cool, beautiful and interesting pieces and I love the collection as a whole, but those uber – dropped waists are hideous.

    • Coralie Legister

      I agree. I don’t think I’ll ever be ready to let go of the high waisted trend.

  • homofascist

    All I can picture from that dress at the very top is Ursula from The Little Mermaid.  I am also wondering if he got permission to use Mickey Mouse – Disney gets cray cray about that kind of stuff…

    • The top dress (and variants) make me picture Cthulhu as envisioned by Roy Lichtenstein.

    • mellorcr

      I saw the same dress and thought “Betelguese, Betelguese, Betelguese!”  (the carny/circus scene)

    • Trademark law is one of my things, so yes, he certainly got a license from Disney to use Mickey.  He’s also likely paying a pretty hefty percentage of his sales receipts from that top to Disney.  They’re barracudas when it comes to licensing, almost as bad as the Olympics police.

  • butterflysunita

    Meh.  Not feeling this collection.  

    • terpsichory

       That’s because you can’t. You can hear it though, since they’re going as the Doppler effect.

      • FloTom

        “Doppler effect!” – perfect – just saw the re-run of the Big Bang Theory’s 2007 Halloween episode … my thoughts exactly!

      • jilly_d

        Oh, you beat me to it. Some of these so remind me of Sheldon’s costume. ” REEEEeeeeeerrrr”

  • alyce1213

    The low lying skirts have me rolling on the floor, holding my sides laughing.  The models look like they were pantsed (skirted?) just before they walked out. Pretty funny stuff.

  • hughman

    “All gorgeous, thin little models, Eddie. The Shrimp, The Twig, all wearing their skirts so low you could give a pap smear.”

    • Your summations are always genius.

    •  Oh Hughman.  You SLAY me.

    • Rand Ortega

       Spew Alert! LOL!

    • Lilak


    • MissAnnieRN

      OMG.  Why didn’t I see it before – that WAS his inspiration!

  • Myra C

    It feel’s a little clowny for me. I feel like I’m at the circus.

    • J D

      Totally.  Some of the jackets are really great but otherwise I’m definitely getting an “It” vibe from this collection.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      i was getting a definite Hamburglar vibe off several of them…

  • Uh, no. I don’t want to see anyone’s pubic bones unless I’m bumpin’ uglies with them. That first dress, in the large photo, looks as though it’s made from old lawn chair webbing. And the rest is just too silly for words. 

  • therealkuri

    I am loving all of the stripes. However, the way the skirts are fitting is giving me flashbacks to that time 6 years ago when I lost weight and couldn’t afford to update my wardrobe right away to reflect that.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    A treat for the eyes?  No.  I found it wince inducing in several places.

  • Oh WOW.  Whatever you may have to say about whether or not you like his work, one thing remains clear.  He is massively creative.  Some of this is utterly unwearable, even for the models, but it is undeniably arresting to look at.  Some of it is technically jaw dropping, as well.  The skirts with the sheer interiors to their pleats, would require masterclass handling to render as they do.

    • I don’t mean to be rude, but which skirts are the ones with the sheer interior pleats? Because I’m having a hard time finding anything like that in this collection. The closest things I can see are the dresses on the bottom row, which I don’t think are actually pleated, but maybe I missed something.

      • Not rude at all, Edward.  The very first dress, and the left, and right hand dresses in the final row, are all using that technique. It is true that the sheer interior has not been pressed or stiffened in any way, so it IS tough to tell.

        •  After looking at it up close, I guess I can see some of the pleating of the sheer material. In all honestly, it’s so subtle that it looks like just a sheer underskirt with the skirt panels attached to it.

    • MissAnnieRN

      I agree – it is arresting to look it.  It’s more Fashion as Art than Fashion as Clothes.  The trenches are pretty awesome, my favs.  I am also loving the fact that big bold stripes are back in a big way because I love them!

      •  I agree!  I love strong graphic statements, and these are all appealing if for no other reason.  For me, the only real fail, is the dropped waited skirt idea. From an intellectual standpoint, I get what he’s doing, but it is probably un-sellable, even at the highest level.

    •  I like your analysis. Totally unwearable, but check this collection against everything else from NYFW, and it really stands out as brilliantly creative and new. I bet that these dresses are amazing up close and in person! Though the dropped skirts are awful. Sorry, just had to say that.

      •  And that is one of the reasons I have been such a fan of Marc Jacobs from the start.  I had the great good fortune to see the huge retrospective exhibit of his work for Louis Vuitton at the Musee’ Des Artes Decoratif, in Paris, this Spring, and I was utterly gobsmacked by the relentless creativity on display.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    ladylike suits with bare midriffs and exposed hipbones?..color me confused…

  • EEKstl

    WOW – really love a lot of those.  Not a “brown” person, but that brown and white with the cutout shoulders is really spectacular

  • Squarah

    It’s times like this I figure it’s probably very good that I will never be in a position to wear and be seen in high fashion, because the only thing speaking to me is the outfit with the Mickey Mouse crop top. Surely that’s a sign that my taste is highly questionable?

  • marilyn

    This is dowdy, and the stripes are horrifying.

  • lrhg

    A few of the coats are nice but the rest is just kind of fug. 

    The inclusion of Mickey Mouse makes me giggle.

  • PastryGoddess

    I never thought I’d be saying this, but I really dig the stripes.  I wonder if LV will be a bit loosey goosey in the fit for next season

  • Kate4queen

    Oh no thank you.

  • mbelchic

    And because it’s Marc Jacobs these skirts will get raves-Anyone else they would be nailed tothe wall-

    • Judih1

      Agreed. He is like the “It” boy who can do no wrong, no matter how crazy his clothes look 
      and unwearable his clothes are

  • I think some of these looks would be well suited for the people who wear vintage as part of their public persona *Lana Del Rey*, but for the average person, I really don’t see much that would work.

  • Rin

    The gowns are beautiful and very eye-catching. The others are another story – which is hideous basically. 

  • lizajane1776

    LOVE the brown striped maxi-dress third row from the end!

  • ojosazules

    Maybe one at a time, but all together it makes my eyes all googly feeling. I can’t look at it long enough to decide.

  • Sartorial_She

    I love, love, LOVE the black and white reticulated giraffe print dress. I also love the dress (or is it separates?) in the middle of the second to the last row. Stunning and gorgeous!

  • Michelle Cunningham

    Pyjamas – the collection.  Brought to you by pelvic bones.

  • I liked this collection, but it seems like there’s a little too much unnecessary skin (the midriffs). I liked the piece at the very top, as well as middle, second-to-last row, with the striped shirt and houndstooth skirt.

  • wow, I am not usually liking Marc Jacobs but I love these stripes. Obv the torso skirts and v short skirts are editorial fodder and the dress with the bodice frill is reminding me of that PR designer, Raul? Vindication, heh.

  • filmcricket

    Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

    •  Yes! Exactly!  Or at least a cartoony jail inmate!

    • Excellence_and_Elegance

      I said the same thing, just two hours later, without having seen your post. Spot on.

  • bitterk

    I may need to sleep on this collection and see if tomorrow brings a different perspective.  Right now I am seeing alot of prison uniforms, pajamas, old lady dresses and clown clothes.   I do like the first dress in the final row.  

  • Nope, still not a Marc Jacobs fan. I can’t see the appeal. 

    • Naaah, me neither.  I just don’t like any of it.  Maybe I”m having an off day!

    • bobbi32

       I don’t see the appeal either.  All I ever see are clothes that shout, “Look, look, LOOK at me, clothes BY Marc Jacobs.”

  • Lilak

    A handful of these are intriguing, but seriously … you’d HAVE to have the dimensions of a runway model to wear 95% of this collection.  These designs don’t work at all unless you’re: very slender, but of course; at least 5’9″; and have long, long legs.  You miss one of those elements and Marc Jacobs is not for you.

  • MilaXX

    I like a lot of this. Especially the stripe-y stuff & the giant ruffled collars. I’ve been watching Julia in reruns and those ruffly collars remind me of stuff she would wear for a date since they were always trying to marry her off on that show. The only thing I’m not real crazy about is how low some some of those skirts sit on the models hips. Hopefully that’s a look that will be left on the runway.

  • As is often the case with Marc, I enjoy looking at this in the context of the runway, but see precious few items I can imagine liking in a different atmosphere. Also: I pray to god that having skirts hang off your hips doesn’t become fashionable. It looks completely ridiculous.

    •  The first thing I thought when I saw those hip hugging skirts was “Oh God, it seems that retail fashion has finally moved AWAY from super low slung jeans and such for young girls– PLEASE don’t let this come back as a trend, it’s so slutty.

  • BobStPaul

    Psycho ward redux.

  • Zippypie

    I was hoping midriff bearing was left back in the 90s.  Alas….

  • i’m starving for some color, here, as with most of the spring collections.

  • Excellence_and_Elegance

    Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

  • quiltrx

    Overall I REALLY like this (a sucker for black and white, me)…but count me out on super-low-rise skirts and baby-doll pajamas as daywear.

    I love pretty much everything in the last four rows, and I love that gradated plaid coat near the top.

  • you’renotmysupervisor!!

    Can’t comment, clowns will eat me.

  • j_anson

    Oh. Wow. I love the way he’s using curved stripes to play with the silhouette. That’s actually really awesome.

  • As a spectacle goes I am sure it was very exciting. As a collection that will actually make it to a retail floor…it’s not going to happen! The bare midriffs and low slung skirts…slipping off the models hip bones…have a white trash element to them. The wide stripes will be passable on maybe .01 percent of the female population world wide, if that. Then there is the dumpy middle group with the stiff rufles and bibs…ouch! 
    But not to worry…the flock of designer fashion victim sheep will gobble up all the accessorie tonnage being shipped to stores…therefore allowing Marc jacobs to continue his trip down Fugly Lane next season.

  • Middle dress, third row from the bottom: Line forms behind me. And I love some of the shoes! I adore these.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    the geometrics–second, third, fourth rows from the bottom–are really wonderful. the rest, eh. his last couple of collections were better.

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  • Judy_S

    I saw some other pictures of this collection and was intrigued, and I believe you that it was “a treat” live, but in these photos it seems intellectual and kind of repellent. In particular the exploration of the limits of the pubic region (how public the pubic?) is pretty cold. The solid- color sateen (?) clothes look to me wrinkly and clumsy, home-ec class rather than couture.

  • Judy_J

    Love the bold graphic prints.  But some of those skirts are riding awfully low on the hip, dangerously close to falling down around the ankles if you made the wrong move.

  • neofashionista

    fancy prison garb 🙁

  • Marian Humin


    • Katie Riley

      Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice. (Had to). And now I can’t get the comparison out of my head. 

  • Way too much midriff!
    But I like the mickey mouse top… maybe bc I just got back from Disneyland. LOL

  • StellaZafella

    First row stripes, first impression: “Boy in the Striped Pajamas”…not a comfortable thought.

    As an old ladyboy my opinion is hardly weighty…
    From season to season, era to era Chanel to McQueen, Karan to Jacobs it’s more apparent in fashion who’s dressing women and who’s merely fantasizing stick figures. From one you buy the clothes and wear them from time to time…with the other you look at the editorials and get an idea about a neckline, a fabric, or the use of accessories. Each has their interest but, for me, the questions is: “Where could I wear that?” not “Who would wear that?”

  • Michael Telles

    Initially, the clothes are good to look at visually, but after closer inspection, this a really bad collection. It looks like he was inspired to make clothes for sister wives. Everything looks like a joke

  • I dunno. I feel he could have used more bold and graphic patterns. *wink*


  • Those bare midriffs appeal to me about as much as teenage boys wearing their jeans halfway (or more) down their ass.  Some of this is interesting, but a lot of it just makes my eyes tear up and/or cross.

  • lucasuk82

    Gorgeous – and pieces for both the Marilyns and the Jackies

  • oohsparkley!

    Not my cuppa tea.

  • SFhills

    So where did he get his inspiration?  The car wash?

    • That and “I Was A Fugitive From The Chain Gang”.

  • DeTrop

    Maybe, if I grow another foot.   Heightwise I mean. 🙂
    Also, kinda psychedelic –  Wonder what meds he’s on.

  • ccm800

    This may be my favorite jacobs collection. He may be an attention whoring celebu-shit but he knows what the hell he’s doing and he does not give a shit about trends. He IS a designer. Nor some reductive half-assed tweak someone else’s or last years looks – he is an authentic real deal fashion designer. 

  • LinXGUA

    The payamas, the little dolls, the cruellas, the spy ones … Of course i love it. I love them all.