Marc by Marc Jacobs, in its tenth year, turned a bit more sophisticated for Fall 2011. Surely, it remains the ever-youthful contemporary complement to the main collection leading the way, but this time around, it's more grown-up than usual.
The signature Marc playful touches include the slightly retro mood in the burnt color palette of rust and mustard with the occasional pop of kelly green, and reindeer and elephants that felt lifted from an afghan that's been hiding in the attic. The menswear afforded sharply cut suits, and both sexes can revel in a series of metallics -- making fall one big shiny penny of a season thus far.
The predominant trends for the coming season were woven throughout the collection: '70s-style daydresses hit the mid-point between knees and ankles, and trousers (including a leisure-jumpsuit) appeared in a flattering flare or roomy pleats. And, of course, what sent swoons through the hearts of many in the audience -- which included a gold-fringe-bedecked Anna Dello Russo -- were the leopard prints in yellow and crimson on shiny silk-stretch separates and dresses.