Critics Grudgingly Admire Marc by Marc; Critique Vera Wang’s New Edge

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Looks from Donna Karan, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Rodarte. Photo: Imaxtree

The critics came down a little hard on the latest batch of shows. Cathy Horyn accused Vera Wang of being unoriginal, while WWD deemed Donna Karan's collection drab, dizzying, and relentless. Marc by Marc Jacobs earned positive — if not lukewarm — reviews for his clean, streamlined collection. Meanwhile, Tory Burch and Rodarte garnered praise (with a few critiques along the way). Read the full report below:

THE HITS:
Marc by Marc Jacobs
• “[This was] a really good season, with clothes that reflected better workmanship and clearer designs than I’ve seen in the past.” [On the Runway/NYT]

• “Compared to past collections, there was more color and construction here … The references might have been scattergun, but if that's what the designer was offering us, it was only respectful to pay attention.” [Style.com]

• “Jacobs and his team decided to pare things way, way down … They just worked … Overall this season Jacobs breathed new life into his decade-old secondary line.” [Vogue UK]

See the Full Spring 2012 Rodarte Collection.