Marc by Marc Jacobs Ventures Into Bauhaus-Inspired Sleekness for Spring

The designer's contemporary line, filling the main collection's Monday evening time slot for this week, coincidentally conveyed a sense of refined polish without sacrificing any cool.

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A look from the Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 collection.
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The designer's contemporary line, filling the main collection's Monday evening time slot for this week, coincidentally conveyed a sense of refined polish without sacrificing any cool. While the designer's essential DNA is present, it's a pared-down, scrubbed clean look.
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There were plenty of the the classic Marc by Marc Jacobs elements -- stripes, cheeky silhouettes like this exaggerated peplum -- but with a smidge more polish.
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Prints are kept fairly simple, and streamlined without the typical mixing.
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Solids rule, for the most part, and the season's characteristic penchant for strong color.
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Jacobs cited the Bauhaus movement throughout his show notes, and the color-blocking made clear the spare, arts-and-crafts reference.
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Thankfully, the collection by no means abandons the downtown-kids signature. High-tops were a styling highlight, for one.
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Sporty separates are punctuated by color of the season, orange, and other primary brights.
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The simplicity of a stand-alone tangerine shift is certainly a departure from the piled-on looks of seasons past.
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The collection skewed towards the youthful and feminine.
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Clean lines, street sneaks and the collection's anchoring orange hue.
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