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British restraint? Not here.

The Jenny Packham catwalk was a parade of one glitzy, glamorous look after another, and she wasn’t one to shy away from a single _ or thousands of _ beads, sequins and sparkles.

Packham wouldn’t be doing justice to 1960s Las Vegas without them, right?

London-based Packham said in her notes that she took a long look at Lauren Bacall, Shirley MacLaine and Angie Dickinson, aka “The Rat Pack Mascots,” as inspiration. If these muses were to swing open the closet doors in spring 2013, they would find Packham’s checkerboard-beaded gown, a swinging trapeze-beaded mini and the ultimate hostess dress, an orange T-shirt gown with embellished long-sleeve cuffs.


Marc Jacobs threw a hipster picnic with a mashup of neon checks, plaids and stripes _ large, small, wide, narrow _ loaded into outfits as many as five at a time for his more moderately priced Marc by Marc Jacobs line.

Other looks for men and women were less busy. There was an edgy chic to a roomy ladies’ button coat in off-white with embroidered silver dots, and another in solid bright pink with large pockets, vents and heather gray sleeves with matching pink trim at the cuffs.

Another button coat was more fitted, in a fuchsia pattern of smaller dots against dark blue.

But the line’s spring show shouted bold, fun prints in bright orange, pink, purple and red.


J. Crew is sending its customer packing. The retailer presented a collection of upcoming styles on Tuesday that picked up influences from vacation spots around the world.

It was only natural to tap into the retailer’s growing international presence, explained Tom Mora, women’s vice president of design, in a pre-show interview. “I always have her (the J. Crew customer) in my head, and she travels with me. I’m mostly taking her to warm places.”

One print on a pajama-top dress featured the image of a hotel and its pool _ probably Miami in the 1950s. And there was pink, lots of it.


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