Girly Looks Set Sail at Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2011

You know summer has officially arrived when recaps of the resort collections start trickling in. At least that’s how you know if your world consists of designer daydreaming and couture coveting. As we previously reported, winter birds and cold weather jetsetters will be cruising and yachting this year in girly frocks and preppy ensembles on posh vacays around the globe.

And on par with this girly trend, Marc by Marc Jacobs’ 2011 Resort Collection is ripe with lighthearted shifts and pleasantly adorned warm weather looks. There is a bit of everything mixed in to this year’s winter vacation line, from perfectly pressed shorts to sporty sweat suits, and even a tuxedo inspired romper for those formal evenings by the sea.

The collection begins with an array of particularly girly dresses and skirts, then moves seamlessly into more relaxed outfits made up of shorts, capris and slouchy t-shirts. Bows and ruffles are offset by bold colors and casual fabrics, and each look exudes an attitude of easy going youthfulness. Even as the collection becomes more and more casual, the line’s clothes never stray too far from their girly undertones.

After two fall collections teeming with feminine silhouettes, and one very memorable show where the models’ curves were more of a focus than the actual clothing designs, Marc Jacobs has seemingly made a statement – or several – that he is whole-heartedly embracing the return of femme in fashion. And his resort collection for the youthful Marc by Marc line provides nothing short of this girly trend.

After much time studying the line as a whole, one thing that left me perplexed, however, is the models’ facial and body expressions. For a collection with such youthful allure and girlish charm, Jacobs’ models channel angry, brooding and rebellious teenagers (And one could even be mistaken for today’s ultimate TV teen rebel, Little J, no?). Nothing about their auras signals spritely youth enjoying some winter sun; no, nothing about their expressions, posture, or body language matches their particularly girlish outfits.

But getting back to the actual collection, Jacobs presents looks that are sure to please any girly girl looking to get away this winter. Even if the cuts and fabrics aren’t anything particularly groundbreaking, each ensemble is made up of pieces that are completely wearable and undoubtedly comfortable. After all, that’s what a tropical winter retreat is all about, right?

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