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N.Y. Fashion Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs, back on the map
N.Y. Fashion Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs, back on the map

NEW YORK -- And just like that, Marc by Marc Jacobs is cool again. For their debut, Brit "It" girl designers Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier showed a brash, Riot Grrrl/punk/ninja-themed collection that put Jacobs' flailing secondary line back on the map. In recent years, Marc by Marc had devolved into a watered-down, fashion-irrelevant department store brand. So Jacobs hired Bartley and Hillier as creative directors to give the label a new direction. And they did just that, mixing a '90s-era agitprop vibe (Riot Grrrls meets Pussy Riot) with action sports clothing. The look: Judo jackets, motocross T-shirts and wrap-around obi trousers worn with platform BMX-style sneakers. Body...

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