Marc Jacobs had the French artist Daniel Buren transform the Louvre into one of his signature striped-and-gridded installations as a backdrop for the sea of optic-nerve tingling checks the designer sent down the runway. Buren’s stripes are always 8.7 centimetres wide, but, while precise, his work has a lo-fi, hand-done warmth. Ditto these contrasting squares making us turn angular cartwheels right now. Sure, it’s a bit mod, but it’s also Q*bert and Rubik’s Cubes, old quilts, and a kind but formal man’s shirt who surprises you by offering his shoulder to lean on when you need it. It’s a straightforward print when one compares it to the overwrought digitizations popularized in years past. Reminiscent of gingham red-and-white picnic blankets with an overlay of high-fashion gloss, the look is crying out for first thaw and those precious sun-dappled days of spring. It’s as though the structured grids are offering a sure path to the warmer—and prettier—months ahead.
Asos skirt, $80, asos.com.
Michael Kors blazer, michaelkors.com.
Fendi bag, fendi.com.
Marni shirt, $895, net-a-porter.com.
Louis Vuitton jacket and skirt, louisvuitton.com.
Kelly Wearstler Marble Trapezoid, $990, kellywearstler.com.
Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet, $70, (877) 953-5264.
Michael Kors t-shirt, $685, michaelkors.com.
Saint Laurent Paris sunglasses, $330, Eye Candy Toronto.