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New York Fashion Week: Jacobs, Lim, Karan

Marc Jacobs’ show was the highlight of New York Fashion Week yesterday as the designer showcased his “restrained” take on spring 13.

The designer said in a preview that the show would showcase a more simple approach, with attendees offered a display of monochrome tones and stripes.

The collection comprised T-shirts, coats, suits, skirts and jackets all with a distinct lack of embellishment, and black and white the dominant shades.

The collection was reminiscent of the ’60s with its block stripes and parallel lines. Commentators agreed that while it might have been simpler than Jacobs’ usual designs, it retained elegance and beauty.

Also showing yesterday was Donna Karan whose muted hues and soft edges directly opposed Jacobs’ collection.

Karan’s spring 13 collection offered a romantic approach, with full-skirts, empire silhouettes and floating georgette dresses.

The colour palette comprised eggshell white, grey, sea foam green, red, peach and mustard yellow.

The 3.1 Phillip Lim spring 13 collection was by far the most eclectic of the day, relying largely on grunge influences.

Layering and contrasting fabrics dominated teh collection, although styles were wide ranging and included floral jumpsuits, biker jackets, leather crop tops, layered dresses and leopard print blazers.

Lim’s patchwork denim was cited by one commentator as being the most commercially accessible of all the pieces in the collection, although his biker jackets were also tipped for sales success.

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