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VideoCNN's Elsa Klensch looks at the retro offerings from New York designer Marc Jacobs.
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  FALL/ WINTER 2000
 

Jacobs in a mod mood for fall 2000

February 10, 2000
Web posted at: 12:38 p.m. EST (1738 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- After all the hype of looking forward to the advent of Y2K, designer Marc Jacobs is looking back. His fall/winter 2000 collection has a '60s feel, with snappy suits that have zipper trims and smart, knee-length skirts.

He keeps his shapes narrow, his fabrics classic and his tailoring neat rather than sharp.

And shorter.

"Skirt lengths ... (are) probably the thing that's the most different in the proportion," Jacobs says. "They're not miniskirts, but they're definitely shorter."

A change in hem length means changes on top, too. Jacobs says his jackets have a more "boxy" cut. "They're not fitted," he says, "but they're small. I do cut my clothes pretty close to the body -- but again, not tight."

Jacobs focuses mainly on neutral colors -- camel, cream, putty. Herringbone tweeds, boiled wool and corduroy are the fabrics he prefers.

But his corduroy is not that rigid stuff you wore as a kid.

"I like the plushness of it," Jacobs says. "I like the way it absorbs color. And we've cut it in a very interesting way, so it doesn't look basic or poor, so I'd say that sort of became like our 'jean skirt' this season."

Jacobs probably will be pulling double duty for spring/summer 2001. He's planning to launch a more-affordable women's line simply called Marc. Louis Vuitton North America is backing the venture with $25 million.

CNN Style Correspondent Elsa Klensch contributed to this report.



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