Marc Jacobs is a fashion genius. There’s little room for argument with that statement. I, however, have always been a bigger fan of Jacob’s work for Louis Vuitton than what he does for his namesake label and the more affordable Marc by Marc Jacobs, which is a bit too quirky for my liking.
Since signing on to the helm of Louis Vuitton in 1997, Jacobs turned the brand around, changing the line from an old-fashioned handbag label to a top purveyor of women’s ready to wear.
Jacob’s Spring 2012 collection for Louis Vuitton was stunning—prim, proper and pastel. The fashion show took place in the Louvre, on an enormous white carousel no less.
The models were the archetypical 1960s ladies—hair done up in bouffants with headbands, smoky eyes and kitten heels. The looks were structured, feminine and proper. The textures were florals, lace, feathers, and sheers with styles like high collars, peter pan collars, pencil skirts and lady day coats repeating on the runway.
Best of all, the colors were pastel—baby pink, mint greens, pale yellows and sky blues—and lovely without being saccharine or childish.
Similarly, Tibi, a far more affordable designer, produced a Spring 2012 line that was almost entirely pastel. And another, CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg, also had quite a bit of pastel and ladylike permeating her spring collection.
So, if you’d like to incorporate some cotton candy colors into your wardrobe, here are our recommendations.
Lynette Crochet Lace Dress, $325, Diane von Furstenberg.
Tibi Arizona Print Slip Dress, $297, shopbop.
Lima Bustier Dress, Green, $298, Anthropologie.
Warner Flower Lace Dress, $278. Diane von Furstenberg.
Tibi Crossback Midi Dress, $255, shopbop.
Tibi Sleeveless Dress (in mint, pale pink and lemonade), $231, shopbop.
Striped Boatneck Mini Dress, $168, Anthropologie.