Everything begins to make sense upon learning that the foundational inspiration for Marc Jacobs's Resort 2013 collection was Cindy Sherman's clown series. This information can be taken in a variety of ways. Most superficially, the clown series encompasses oversized proportions, vivid colors, and an overall sense of ridiculousness. A quick glance at the resort collection shows that the relationship is present. Another interpretation is the idea of roles. Sherman's portraits embody the makeover obsession, of creating ourselves anew. The photographs serve as a different take, but perhaps it's what Marc Jacobs took away from his initial influence. Fashion is in many ways about transformation and even disguise. The Resort 2013 photographs portray a distinct character, one that can't quite be relayed in words, yet they also seem to emphasize exterior. There's a sense of distance between wearer and onlooker.
It's unusual to see a resort collection such as this one. Resort is a season centered around wearable clothes that have hanger appeal and retail potential. Marc Jacobs strayed from commerciality in favor of a creative collection that seems to be in favor of the creative process and clothing as palettes instead of attire catered towards the typical resort-wear clientele. A lot of designers think of the resort season as a break; Jacobs injects fun into a runway season that is often devoid of personality.
Most people may not wear an eye-catching floral dress over equally busy wide-legged pants, but that's not really what this is about. That's for you to decide.
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Fashion is a fast-paced industry, and I certainly feel as if I've missed a fair amount in the last few weeks. The rapidly approaching summertime will bless me with some free moments to spare.
I hope you're enjoying the Resort 2013 shows. I'll be looking through collections on Style.com.