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During show season, whenever I see a designer collection that I love, my internal fashion Rolodex starts spinning as I try to remember anything similar I already own.

That’s what happened last Thursday when I cued up the Marc Jacobs presentation. While I’d have been content to sit gaping over the set, with its blanket of clouds overhead and gorgeous fairy-tale details (everyone got a front-row seat…on a mushroom), the clothes were deserving of a slack jaw as well. Creamy pastel tank dresses that show off one’s décolletage, crystal-covered semi-psychedelic-print tunic sets, shearling puffers with soft pastel washes. Dreamy. Literally.

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And even though the show wasn’t a direct match to my collection of G. Girvin pieces in terms of color schemes or design, there are enough similarities between Marc’s vintage-tinged homage to future dressing (he mixed the 1960s with the 2060s ever so well) and my beloved tunic, dress, and jackets from the 80s-era, Seattle-area textile artist Gretchen Clancy that I thought I could make a fun post out of it.

I first spotted Clancy’s appliquéd, color-blocked garments at the Artists & Fleas market in Williamsburg a year and a half ago; a vintage-clothing vendor there had two pieces, both extra-long cotton vests à la Maude. Since Bea Arthur has always been one of my main style touchstones (I’m only a little bit kidding here), I fell in love with the shape and Flash Gordon-meets-Cleopatra appliquéd patterns in shades of mint, purple, magenta, green, pink, sand, terra-cotta, and other strong hues.

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I didn’t buy one that day but kept an eye on Etsy, where I’ve been able to score each of the three pieces pictured here: two long jackets and one amazing side-tie tunic that came with a matching belt (not pictured—and usually not worn). Back in Nashville, I have a corduroy dress in dark desert hues as well as a black cropped jacket with a purple-and-blue appliqué scheme.

Is it a stretch to compare my G. Girvins to the uniforms worn by Marc’s candy-floss martian beauties? Maybe. But that’s the view from my personal cloud.

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Photos: Courtesy of Libby Callaway

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Libby Callaway

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Libby Callaway has held many jobs during her professional career, and to some degree they've all involved clothes. At various times, in New York City and Nashville, Tennessee, she has ...