MILAN--The flamingoes of Palm Springs and setting of the fabled Beverly Hills Hotel provided Marc Jacobs mens wear design director Karl Aberg with the building blocks for the Marc Jacobs spring summer collection.
Think 1970's glam, when polyester pant suits were "groovy" and honeycomb prints and shiny carmel-colored accessories really rendered a look "sharp".
One of the design duo's crowning pieces of this season was a sherbet pink suit made of light polyester and wool and detailed at the calf with white buttons.
The flamingo motif was plastered over a number of items including gauzy spooner style shirts, pink lady-like bowling jackets and silky evening slippers, while in the same vein, the color scheme flowed over into accessories like dandy-ish, flamboyant bow ties.
The lines between evening wear and casual wear were blurred with a micro-honeycomb print double-breasted tuxedo coat and matching drawstring cargo pants. Tricky sartorial details like outward facing lining tabs on jacket collars were employed to propel the collection into the 21st century.
The accessories showcase was filled with a vast array of leather goods, including a multi-layered men's clutch with an all-in-one belted laptop case, iPad case, passport holder and wallet and fastened with a belt buckle handle.
The collaboration with Brooklyn-based graphic designer Bast, which started in Fall 2011, continued this season with deconstructed, almost cubist illustrations of a nameless, featureless face emblazoned on t-shirts and sweatshirts -- thus infusing the array with a much-needed street-wear boost likely to appeal to the younger set.