Along with his continual throwback to the’60s this spring, Marc by Marc Jacobs again channels color blocking in a clever combination of hues. The “R Special Color block” collection palette reminds me of the circa 1962 Eero Saarinen designed terminal at JFK. Or at least the colors of the very chic flight attendants of that era. Very retro, in a sophisticated kind of way. It may not be for everyone, but the graphic sensibility of a color blocked handbag really appeals to me. Definitely pair these bags for a casual downtown look. Think distressed boyfriend jeans and a cozy slouchy cashmere cardigan sweater. This summer wear it with flowy puffy sleeved a-line mini dresses and gladiator sandals. I am looking forward to NYFW in February to see what MJ has up his sleeve for us in Fall 2010!

Here are three bags from the Marc by Marc Jacobs R Special Colorblock group. First the roomy
Marc by Marc Jacobs R Special Colorblock tote (top, $478 at The simple shopper tote’s angular design touts supple like buttah leather on its colorblocked leather body. The Marc by Marc Jacobs R Special Derby (bottom left, $168 at is petite, but packs a punch with a cross body strap so that you can do the cross-body look with a strap included. Peek inside and you’ll find an M by MJ logoed lining. The sophisticated Marc by Marc Jacobs Envelope leather clutch ($180 at Net-a-Porter) has a fold-over flap and M by MJ embossed logo medallion on the front and the zipped back pocket is lined in Marc by Marc Jacobs signature logo twill.

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