High Fashion, College Wallet: Marc Jacobs F/W 2017

The idea of the past meets the present set the tone for the Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2017 runway show. The dauntless designer praised for tackling far-out concepts revealed that one of one of his inspirations behind his collection was the 2016 four-part documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution. Through his craft, Jacobs found a creative outlet to connect the series with his personal experiences. He expressed how his origins affected his designs in his show notes.

“As a born and bred New Yorker, it was during my time at the High School of Art and Design when I began to see and feel the influence of hip-hop on other music as well as art and style,” Jacobs said. “[The collection] is an acknowledgement and gesture of my respect for the polish and consideration applied to fashion from a generation that will forever be the foundation of youth culture street style.”

The clothes Marc Jacobs created for these upcoming seasons represented the concept of everyday wear with an added touch of the vibrancy associated with youth. He mixed these elements with classic fabrics such as tweeds, plaid, and included one of the most important accessories — coats, an irreplaceable item those living in the city call their best friend. There were also some standout patterned knits, oversized fleece-lined denim jackets and the occasional track pants in a mix of the neutral shades of brown, black, maroon, and gold.

Lucky for us college fashionistas, this is the perfect collection to draw outfit inspiration from because it already places an emphasis on the laid-back chilly weather aesthetic that we can relate to the New York weather. To narrow our choices down to one outfit we’re going to focus on Look 29, which features a cream colored turtleneck knit jumper dress paired with a large fur coat, sheer tights and leather mid-calf boots. Additionally, the oversized accessories — large gold chains, a dramatic, disproportionate bowler hat, multiple embellished belts, a single strap shoulder bag and a sole blinged-out key earring — add drama to this already demanding look.

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Source: Vogue

It’s not a challenge to get this look for less. This $40 cable stitch sweater dress from Asos is as close to Marc Jacob’s design as we can get, and this oxblood faux fur coat from the same retailer can serve as the perfect match for it. For the accessories, try layering this inexpensive statement gold chain from Forever 21 and this long mixed chain necklace from Charlotte Russe, and the difference between the original look and your rendition won’t be very noticeable.

These adorable key and lock shaped earrings from Nordstrom are a worthy investment too, but stacking a decorative double buckle belt available at Urban Outfitters and a retro-inspired one from Free People on top of each other is one way to ensure your replica is on point. Add this modern style floppy trim hat that you can order from Boohoo.com for only $12, and you’ve nailed your look. We can’t forget shoes of course, and this pair of tall block heel boots from Aldo will do the trick. Last but not least, we need a flawless purse to top it all off, and this slouchy bag you can pick up at Nordstrom Rack matches that description.


This Marc Jacobs duplicate doesn’t cost even half the price of the original look, but there’s no denying that it sure manages to look just as authentic and put-together as the expensive Marc Jacobs original.

Sherah Ndjongo is a staff writer. Email her at violetvision@nyunews.com.


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