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New York Fashion Week: Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan

Marc Jacobs offered spectators what can only be described as Librarian chic in New York yesterday.

A very sensible offering from the American designer signalled a departure from the frivolity of the label’s past few seasons.A conservative silhouette featured with A-line skirts, three-piece suits, double-breasted and wrap coats. Glamour was injected with placement sequins, fur and long leather gloves.

“Everything is a celebration of something, whether it’s beige or Day-Glo yellow,” Jacobs said.

True to Jacobs word beige was strong, with the palette kept to camels, greys and chocolate. Socks were paired with every look and accompanied by effortless hair and natural make-up. With a muted palette, texture was key with crushed velvet, leather, fur and suede mixed together for a concoction of luxurious materials to delight for autumn 10.

Donna Karan served up an all-black affair for autumn 10, choosing to play with the sculptural qualities the fabric created and keeping colour to a minimum. Rounded shapes were key, contours skimmed the frame of the body with the clothes having their own structure. Large stand up collars on jackets, full-tiered skirts and hourglass figures were created with the construction of the fabric.

Matte fabrics such as tweed were paired with shiny satin finishes. Lace and leather gloves similar to those seen in Marc Jacobs, also featured and will consequently be a key look for autumn 10.

When colour was introduced it came in the form of teal and a bold statement pink coat. One shoulder satin gowns looked luxurious when fashioned in Donna Karan’s signature colour; black is back.

Click here to view the catwalk collections from New York Fashion Week

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