For 2001 there was a certain 80's inspired theme with drawstring tops, twill baggy shorts and tops with pastel coloured appliqued shells on. Then in the fall, the collection was very tailored and feminine with an innocent look. In Spring of 2002 colour was the main theme, with lilac shirts, marigold pants and tulip print dresses. For the fall the bright, happy colours were gone and in there place were darker colours like burgundy and royal blue, however the delicate touch still shone through as before (shown left).
Azure, parrot blue, yellow, hot pink and royal purple graced the catwalk for Jacobs Spring/ Summer 2005 collection. Fall went dark and somber with dark shaded coats and skirts with the odd flash of floral dresses. Spring/ Summer 2006 went back to school with uniforms and shirts spelling teachers pet. Then 'blown up American classics' followed with pea jackets, cashmere jumpers and cuffed shorts and trousers (below right).
Spring/ Summer 2008 saw a surrealist edge to Jacobs collection with cashmere jumpers with sheer panels at the waist, three dimensional leather bags and reconstructed beaded ball gowns.
For fall, plain buttoned down skirts, preppy style jumpers and baggy leather trousers could be seen. Mary Poppins seemed like inspiration for Spring/ Summers 2009 collection, with bustled skirts but with a dark 'grunge' twist and biker jackets and chain handled bags. For fall big shoulders, crimped hair of the 80's could be seen however the colours were dark with splashes of clashing colour and the clothes seemed simple enough with grey cardigans and black trousers, then from behind, flashes of kilts and braces could be seen, keeping with that grunge look. (seen below).
This years Spring/ Summer collection its all about colour, leaving the neutral palette behind, but still a million miles from the grunge days of Perry Ellis and 2009. Finally for this years Autumn/ Winter its all about latex, rubber and plastics from Marc Jacob's with Marilyn Manson screaming in the background. As for the colours, looking pretty dark with flashes of red and blue.
So from when Marc Jacobs started his label in '86 his style has changed a lot. His days at Perry ellis meant he went back to using more neutral colours and he then dipped his toe back into the grunge pool in 2009. Because of this daring, bold statement Jacobs decided on when working for Perry Ellis, it started the grunge look and little did he know it would still be popping up for years to come.
Grunge today- Middle market.
Grunge can still be seen in many high street stores. H&M, Topshop, Urban outfitters and All Saints are just a few. Clothing associated with grunge is the check shirt, t shirts with bands on, ripped jeans, Doc Martens, leather jackets and the i don't care sort of look. Many high street stores took on this 'trend' in there sores.
New designers are also trying their hand at the grunge look. Making their collections dark, dingy colours, baggy trousers and oversized jumpers.
Nicholas K is a new designer who started in 2009. His debut collection for both male and females, was quite a casual, easy look with baggy dresses, cardigans, trousers and shirts in neutral cream and heavy back shades. His collection last year for Spring was still that baggy i don't care look however he introduced coloured dresses which were ripped and teamed with a heavy knit. The fall collection last year took on a hugely dark and grunge style for both men and women. The models wore heavy black eye makeup, the colour of the clothes was mainly black and dark grey and they still showing the baggy, layered look. This years Spring collection is still grungy and definate similarities can be seen from the previous collection. however the colours are lighter with a more military look with olive and green shades with browns and greys.
Nicholas K '09-