Marc Jacobs Resort 2013 Collection

Marc Jacobs is not through with bombast. After a boisterous double-whammy last February and March with his eponymous line and Louis Vuitton, Resort finds Jacobs upping the quirk quotient with a colorful line inspired in part by artist Cindy Sherman’s clown series.

Cindy Sherman’s slightly twisted self portraits have struck a cord with the fashion sphere as of late. First it was the limited edition fall 2011 makeup collab with MAC, followed by her very own MoMA exhibit, which runs until the 11th of this month (museums are very much in fashion as well these days if you hadn’t already heard) and now, she’s the accidental muse of Marc Jacobs‘ whimsical and bombastic resort showing.

One can easily trace the analogues, like those colorful graphic bouquet prints on a long sheath and flared pants (the seafoam number with a keyhole slit was a standout). Same goes for the pieces with the demanding silhouettes, in particular those Watteau-like circle skirts. They made more sense (and looked lots more fun) paired with those bright geometric polo shirts than with the buttoned floral shirt-coat. The architectural tiering of lace overlay on evening gowns and cocktail dresses were a refined translation of Sherman’s clownish upholstery print frocks.

There were plenty of Jacobs’ own signature tropes throughout. His triumphant Spring ’09 show was everywhere – it came to mind particularly with a gem-colored rhinestone cropped jacket, as well as with the silver spangled stripes running across a long salmon shirt-dress and in emerald bands across a neon tangerine top. Not to mention the use of plaid and the little circles Jacobs loves so much.

Where the MJ team flexed some serious muscle was on the pastiche dresses blocked in more home-on-the-range prints rendered in royal purple and autumnal plaids. Strange, yet beautiful pieces those.