The boss of all belts.

13 January 2009
Move over, skinny belt:  there’s a new boss in town. Marc Jacobs’ spring/summer 2009 collection was chock-full of Japanese-inspired obi-belts, encompassing a vast majority of models’ already slender waistlines:


The wide belts, shown in richly hued bold colors meshed with metallic, popped against the ladylike print dresses and prim straw hats that comprised the vast majority of this season’s showcase, and were layered on essentially every outfit that sashayed down the runway. Originally designed to keep a kimono in place, the obi sash looks just as refreshing over a crisp white blouse as it does paired with a wispy silk tunic. 


Surprisingly, and perhaps disappointingly, the belt did not make its way to Jacobs’ less costly Marc by Marc Jacobs line, which showed slightly traditional grommeted styles on several looks.  Have no fear, discount divas:  even though the gamut of Marc Jacobs’ accessories run into the hundreds of dollars range, the look is hot, thereby guaranteeing replicas available at places like H&M and Target. 


Three cheers to you, Marc Jacobs, for showing us that reigning in our waistlines – figuratively and literally – can be fabulous (and an especially wonderful reprieve after months of shapeless babydoll styles that cause even the most slender of ladies to look like a pregnant woman on a Haagen-Dazs binge).


-Karyn Polewaczyk


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