2011 September 13

Spring 2012: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Reem Acra, Whit, alice + olivia, Rachel Zoe

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(NEW YORK) Marc by Marc Jacobs
Clean lines, crisp color medleys, and equal dashes of cocktail frock and spiffed-up PE separates ruled Marc Jacobs’ playful Marc line for spring. Vibrant punches of red and tantalizing hits of tangerine strutted alongside lots of stripes and the designer’s hallmark florals, grounded with gradations of navy and accessorized with Kool Aid hues of cube-shaped leather clutches in grassy green for flair and black--the kind of basic Marc bag that sells out the second it hits Bleecker Street (and the myriad retailers peddling Marc by Marc’s wares, particularly in the accessories realm, to cash register-pleasing success). Platform hi-top sneakers provided cheeky footing for the casual coterie of looks, including a slouchy gray T paired with an athletic chapeau and a kicky short skort in a juicy orange. Men got simple, slim-cut suiting in cream and noir, while the cocktail frocks in sleeveless and sweetheart-necklined strapless renditions flaunted asymmetrical peplum detailing and splashes of neon paneling, like an LBD electrified with a right hip’s worth of neon pink. Expect those frocks to fly off racks the moment they hit the selling floor come spring. Simple, wide-strapped heels in a cornucopia of colorblocking—plus more basic black—are asking to become footwear staples. All in all, the Marc lads and lasses have matured a tad, without losing the sense of fun that always lends a fashionable playground vibe to a Marc by Marc, both on the catwalk and in the perpetually packed audiences of style heavyweights and Jacobs junkies. 

Reem Acra
The sophisticated lady of Reem Acra’s newest collection wears snug but always-appropriately cut sheaths in leopard, oyster gray and abstract patterns by day, with some cropped jackets featuring heavily-embellished collars thrown into the mix. Lunching ladies, surely thrilled by Acra’s return to the runway after she sat out the Fall ’11 show circuit in February, will find tons of luxe pencil skirts with demure slits, sophisticated neutral shifts with deep V necklines or sans straps—plus a delicious dash of simply-cut cerulean, befitting for daylight or afterhours depending on the styling. By nightfall, the champagne-shaded gowns draped in furs ratchet up the glam quotient, many bedecked with trailing trains and ample, painstakingly wrought beading for a glint of gold. Acra’s confections look lovely anywhere, but are most welcome back on the catwalk for the effect of full-fledged glamour.

Hometown nostalgia lent Whit a decidedly Southwest POV for Spring 2012. Arizona native Whitney Pozgay presented an earthy desert-inspired collection on the Gramercy Hotel terrace, 16 flights up from the urban hustle and bustle below. The print-heavy mashup, tinged with mod elements, referenced '60s landscape photography in playful Navajo-like print shifts, Aztec bottoms with sunset coral toppers, and striped canteen-shaped handbags. A cacti backdrop was an apropos choice against a canyon print day frock and relaxed weekender getups, proving that playful, wear-anywhere separates are Pozgay's hallmark.

alice + olivia

A stylish secret garden sprang up for Stacey Bendet’s presentation last evening, where the bubbly designer cultivated a Spring collection rife with “lots of bold florals, floral bell bottoms, bright sherbert-y pastel colors, and the return of the the mini skirt,” said Bendet. With “sexy, girly, fun” as an easily-digestible trifecta of keywords for her latest looks, Bendet featured sequined shifts under boxy jackets with a bit of sheen, teatime dresses in wide, washed-out swathes of pretty pastels, a couple versions of the Bendet ballerina in shades of vanilla, and wide-belted, screamingly ‘60s separates. Bendet’s garden won’t be a secret for long, considering the bevy of starlets who stopped by for as peek at her imminently wearable latest looks. 

Rachel Zoe 
Rachel Zoe's latest project is her Spring line that she showed yesterday at her first major presentation with remarkable results. Despite her love her or hate her reality show persona, you can't dismiss that this stylist knows a thing or two about how to make a woman look beautiful. Her inspiration? "This is how Bridget Bardot spends her time in Saint Tropez in the late sixties or early seventies, she wasn't trying to hard and always having that effortless ease and glamour," Zoe explained. "Just kind of gallivanting around being her glamorous, amazing self." Plenty of maxi dresses, saucy animal prints,  a number of crisp but creatively-styled white and camel combos plus swirly prints on capri panted jumpsuits (and more maxis) amounted to a consumer-friendly, oh-so-Zoe debut turnout.