Marc by Marc Jacobs Retro-Rainbow Playclothes for Spring 2011

Marc Jacobs presented a main collection inspired by the glamorous, Halston-wearing 70s-era gazelles who frequented Studio 54. As a follow up with his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection, the designer put forth a lineup of lighthearted daywear for his muse's casual, hipster brethren.

Reminiscent of one sophisticated picnic, the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2011 collection comprised day dresses--mostly in the season's official hemline, the tea length, with the scale sliding above the knee on shirtdresses and towards the ankles on flowing tunics--rompers, shorts, blouses, bra tops, hot pants and one particularly space-age jumpsuit modeled by teenage dream Karlie Kloss.

Jacobs could be credited with pioneering the prevalence of beige in just about every spring collection after it anchored his triumphant fall 2010 main collection. Here he used it to anchor the throwback red-orange, blue and yellow stripes and bedazzled white swiss dots. Prints ran the gamut from the geometric, vaguely tribal kaleidescope of sticks in jewel-like violet, orange and blue and youthful pink-and-white bubbles on a flirty bra top, to the tie-dye Jacobs managed to make his most understated of the group, white dip-dye lines on muted khaki colors. Stripes also turned up in a jumbo, preppy navy blue, white and yellow parachute dress.

Shorts are here to stay into next season, as seen in Jacobs' assortment ranging from mid-length pleated culottes to booty-shaking striped bloomers. Boyish tailoring, as well as on button-down blouses, blazers and cropped pants usually came with a girlish twist in the form of a bow or something shiny.

It's the genius of Marc Jacobs that characterizes collections like these: celebrating the familiar and memorable silhouettes of the past, with a thoroughly inspired and contemporary eye.

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