Monday Muse: The Space Race Inspires Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2015

Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2015

Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2015

Last fall, Marc by Marc Jacobs got a makeover courtesy designing duo Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley, taking the brand from sister label that leaned on trends — and managed to be a cash cow for it’s older sister — to a brand that is out to set the trends, just like big sis. On a runway that featured halfpipes, raw wood and metal accents, girls walked in moon boots, grunge-tinged tutus and huge MBMJ logos that pulled from Japanese anime and more. For resort, things have been slightly polished, but Bartley and Hillier still have their girl outfitted in a quasi-futuristic collection that blends the out of this world look of the Space Race of the ’60s with staples pulled from the closets of the housewives that watched that very first moon landing in 1969.

The designers of Marc by Marc Jacobs were inspired by Brit Marling’s film Another Earth and the story of a group of aspiring female astronauts called the Mercury 13, who trained to go up into orbit but never quite made it, instead returning to civilian life. The combination of sci-fi and retro influences seems difficult at best, but fashion is having a science fiction moment thanks to the likes of Rodarte and Preen, who emblazoned dresses and blouses with images from the Star Wars films just last fall. And the retro, superfuture vibe that Hillier and Bartley showed for Marc by Marc Jacobs fit right in, especially when they enlisted the help of illustrator Zoë Taylor, who provided a galactic print worthy of a film trilogy (last year’s go-to graphic designer, Fergus Purcell, was enlisted again for t-shirts that were emblazoned with “sci-fi”).

Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2015

Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2015

Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2015

Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2015

The collection didn’t have a resounding effect on the fashion world, but fans of Marc by Marc Jacobs will find that their go-tos are still in tact. There are A-line skirts, slouchy knits and cool-girl staples such as high-waisted trousers and blousy silk shirts, too, but the standout pieces were a pleated galactic print cocktail dress, which is sure to give shoppers who ignore the brand one reason to shop the racks, as well as sweet ’60s dresses criss-crossed with technical bands that recalled space suits. More literal pieces included a mechanic’s jumpsuit that could survive a rough landing no matter what vehicle you might be riding, and plenty of space-printed shower slippers and sandals that’ll might just change the minds of the Birkenstock fatigued.

It was the perfect blend of nostalgia for both the mid century and for longtime fans of the brand. Bartley told Vogue, “The Marc by Marc girl is now a little more charming. But she’s still kickass.”

Images courtesy Vogue

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.