Bravado in color, pattern and volume made a high-impact combination at Marc Jacobs. Head women’s designer Joseph Carter noted the influence of both Cindy Sherman’s clowns and over-dyed carnations, the kind you can find at the deli, when working up the palette and proportion play. One could spot as well a Rei Kawakubo homage on the day she’ll be in New York in spirit for her CFDA award.

Throughout there were head-to-toe florals and abstract swirls done in what Carter called “really gaudy colors” such as sour green, purple and tomato red. While major volume dominated — giant A-line dresses and oversize shorts and pajamas — Jacobs worked in a shrunken polo motif and cut the printed dresses somewhere between lean and languid. Finishing many of the looks: color-coordinated handbags and chunky jeweled platform sandals.

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