Oct 1, 2012 | 9:59 am
For some top designers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, less was more. We present the best of their minimal looks.
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For spring 2013, several major U.S. designers restrained themselves with minimalist collections. It was a sharp contrast to the often over-the-top designs currently in stores for fall. But that's the thing about fashion: Each season is an opportunity to showcase something different. Marc Jacobs [http: /www.marcjacobs.com/] The look: The influential Jacobs went counter to his fall collection [http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/02-17-12-fashion-week-thinks-big-kors-soars-oscar-de-la-renta-blingfest-marc-jacobs-bedtime-story/]of Dr. Seuss-like floppy hats, shiny dresses, embellished skirts and buckled booties with a 1970s mod-inspired, largely black-and-white collection that by his standards was remarkably restrained. He told Women's Wear Daily the collection was "brutal in its simplicity. That’s our new word for the season.” Front-row favorites: Ricky Martin, Hailee Steinfeld and Rose Byrne were barely in their seats before the show was over, as Jacobs showed his collection at breakneck speed. It was over in a brisk six-and-a-half minutes.