Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 Review – New York Fashion Week

Folks! Let’s get this month of fashion nonsense going for real today. If you’re wondering what’s up, catch the full guide on the fashion month here. The first post of honor is no other than a review of Marc Jacobs Spring 2018. Tomorrow, a full summary and guide of New York Fashion Week will be published, more collections and more trends spotted that is! But first, let’s analyze the spectacular gem the Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 collection really is. See the full collection here!

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Marc Jacobs is not only the name of the popular brand, but also the name of the designer himself. The american designer was born in 1963 and has ever since his graduation from Parsons School of Design been a name in the industry. As early as 1986 did he launch Marc Jacobs and began a successful run at Louis Vuitton in 1997 that would last to 2014. Jacobs design core has changed over the years and a “more is more” mindset has been dominating his latest collections. To be noted, Jacobs is the brilliant mind behind the 2013 Louis Vuitton spring collection with a fierce revival of the 1960s fashion (catch the collection here). 

Marc Jacobs Spring 2018

If one were to modernize the glamorous old lady and do so by picking the best of the 60s/70s/80s, I’m pretty sure this is what the collection would look like. The spring 2018 collection is a mix of eclecticism centered to the old lady style. I’m talking 2E in Breakfast At Tiffany’s but with her dramatic style going more experimenting á la the 70s. Not to forget the touch of 80s sportswear and a few capes of the 60s. Does this collection sound like a mess? It sort of is, but it’s a very structured mess at least.

The very core of the collection is the refined, elegant old lady style. You have the scarf wrapped around the hair, the oversized earrings, the voluminous silhouette and the luxurious prints and materials. The color spans from pink to orange, yellow and blue with some classic black & white combos too. The silhouette is mainly centered around the inverted triangle but some A-line looks were spotted as well. The prints are quite the retro ones with bold color contrasts, a lot of movement and adding a flow to the garment. If I were to sum this up, I’d say; The silhouette and clothes are the 80s, the prints and colors are the 70s and the overall feeling is the glam lady look of all the decades. Some clothes are quite the 60s and some patterns too. The overall touch is rich old lady with a more is more preference. It’s a circus, but I’m sort of here for it.

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First of all, is this collection wearable? Perhaps not the clothes but definitely some of the clothes. Second of all, is this collection realistic? Nope, not really. I’m having a hard time seeing that the it-girls will be working this style next season, perhaps some elements but not full on embracing. To be reminded though is that the looks on the runway are not obliged to present wearable looks for all, sometimes it comes down to presenting and idea and overall vibe. The vision of the designer, the creative idea of Marc Jacobs. That is what is being done here and that folks, that is fun, daring and refreshing.

To the fashion, the looks and the specific clothes are fashionably ugly. They’re not that ugly, but not that pretty; they’re pretty fierce. This is probably due to the genius styling that captures an idea of an era rather than a realistic outfit. With that said, I’d wear some parts and I’d admire the rest. Just because you wouldn’t wear it, you can still appreciate the intention. Jacobs should have cred for always daring to experiment with different styles and never present something we’ve already seen too much of.

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High and Low

The looks that works the best according to me, is when the styling is kept rather minimal and almost monotone. When the dress is matched with gloves/scarf/belt, but the print/color of the dress is still in focus, as in this look. This pink is absolutely genius and could definitely be another BaT reference (that’s my favorite movie though, so I keep looking for it everywhere, lol!). This navy style is wearable, fun and challenging. Something that’s also true for the 1960s capes that are adorable. The opening look is also fun with the statement orange and pale blush being matched (told you it’s a match). The print and color mix in this outfit is everything I wish for and so is true for whatever this is. The color combo is perfect! I also love the style in these looks, feels a bit Prada last year!

I’m not the biggest fan of the 70s prints, so it wouldn’t be fair for me to dismiss them all. The styling is genius and everything, but I would’ve prefered other color combos when going for those prints. They’re bold and quite fun though, I have to say. The black & white combos feels rather dull in context and perhaps even unnecessary. Love this classic one though. It might be one of the most wearable looks in the entire collection, yet it’s a mix of modern fashion and the idea Jacobs is embracing in his spring 2018 runway show. Perhaps that’s also the line of the comfort zone, where something familiar is presented with a touch of boldness!

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Folks! What are your thoughts on Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 collection? Are you appreciating the concept or are you cringing at the eclecticism of a rich old lady through the decades (or something)? Xx

18 thoughts on “Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 Review – New York Fashion Week

  1. One of the many reasons I love reading your site is that I always learn something new. To be honest, I had no idea that he worked for LV! I always thought he had is own brand and that was that, makes sense when I think of that 2013 collection! As for these looks and pieces, many are impractical, however, I feel some of the pieces would work well with more refined pieces, like the pom pom top with the striped satin pants. I think it would look so cute with a pair of skinny jeans! Thanks for sharing, girlie, and I hope you’re having a great day!


    1. Hahah thank you love! But yes, he did so many fine collections for LV. Especially that 2013 gem. I think the styling could be done more wearable indeed. But love this though, it has a nice concept but perhaps not where I’d look for inspiration! Xx

    1. I think so and not. Some of the individual pieces are so fierce and some are better off “hidden” in the styling! Xx

  2. Structured mess is the perfect way to sum up this collection. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. I can appreciate the intention, but I just wasn’t into it. It was a lot, and not so much in a way that worked. I can’t see very many people modelling their own street style after this collection, but I’m just one person, and I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who actually did love it, and will take inspiration from it. More power to them. Honestly, it’s just too bright for me.

    1. I think some of the pieces are magical, but it isn’t too wearable when done together. But yes to everyone that will work these looks! Xx

    1. Such a fun idea idag, and a lovely play of colors. Even though it might not suit the style of today! Xx

  3. I see what you mean about appreciated the intention. I would agree that I wouldn’t wear the outfits, but would wear some pieces. I kind of love those capes!

  4. I can’t believe you will be reviewing some of the shows I actually got to see in person! Is Prabal Gurung on your list? It was such a fantastic show and would love to see you break it down! I wish I had the honor of attending Marc Jacobs. Such a fab collection.

    Rina Samantha

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