There wasn't a pencil skirt in sight at Marc Jacobs' Resort presentation. The designer, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA tonight and is in the running for Designer of the Year, made another 180, trading in the precision and severity of Fall for a collection of easy, washed, and bleached-out separates with a youthful feel.
It could give you a case of whiplash, the alacrity and enthusiasm with which Jacobs makes his switcheroos. Still, this one feels very much in keeping with the general direction of the Cruise collections we've seen so far. He's not the only designer who seems to be chasing the sun. To achieve the worn-in and faded look of the clothes, Jacobs and his design team printed wallpaper motifs and daisies on the reverse side of fabrics. And to capture the relaxed vibe they were going for, they focused on T-shirt and sweatshirt silhouettes, luxe-ing them up in laser-cut metallic faux leather or sequins. Oversize crystals likewise dotted the collar of a button-down, and cabochon studs decorated the front of a short tank dress. The accessories, too, tread the unstudied yet polished divide. Flat sandals trimmed with those same studs, in particular, looked like a lot of fun.