When I first saw Marc Jacobs Autumn / Winter collection, I couldn't help but think of my mother in the early 90s, before I was old enough to have my say on her ensembles...

The colour palette was muted, with lots of greys, neutrals and sludge colours which had fashionistas whispering the one word that screams 'uh-oh' to Mr Jacobs - grunge. Heavy, deconstructed jersey and wool pieces were worn over leggings and (god forbid) thick ribbed legwarmers. Necklines were high and curves were covered up. All-in-all, the look of early pieces was quite sombre.

Moving on to interesting pattern choices; a heavy, tweedy plaid and a fair amount of animal print. Roland Mouret this is not, as they were cut to hang, rather than cling, on the waist and hips. The coat on the right has an almost 60s Jackie O feel, with bracelet sleeves and a fur trim, but the thick ribbed accessories kept the grungy, deconstructed look running through - though please don't try teaming legwarmers with t-bar shoes unless you're really sure you can pull it off!

Finally came the token glam dresses, distressed enough and cleverly accessorised to blend in with the rest of the collection. I wouldn't team that hat with sequins in real life, but on the catwalk it keeps the theme fluid. Cast your votes now on who you think will be sporting these dresses come Oscar night (my money's on Zooey Deschanel, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway).

The subtle colours and scruffy, grungy feel of the collection may be off-putting at first, but many of the pieces in this collection are incredibly wearable once they're separated from the catwalk-friendly chunky knit accessories and mixed with something more subtle instead. Imagine the grey dress from the first picture with simple black sandals and a chic clutch bag, or the gold sequinned dress over a sheer black slip with a messy up-do. And there's no doubt come next Winter we'll all be sporting leggings under everything, if we're not doing it already. Be warned!

See the whole collection at Style.com

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