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Marc Jacobs shows most wearable collection in years

The Marc Jacobs fall 2010 collection is modeled

The Marc Jacobs fall 2010 collection is modeled Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Seth Wenig

At the start of his show, Marc Jacobs, the consummate showman, ripped down a brown paper wall, revealing rows of models. They walked the runway in neutrals mostly, hems lingering past the knee. Smart suits; sequin-front knits; bell-shaped jackets, skirts and coats; and massive outerwear (like a shearling poncho). A throaty rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” played.

Only near the end did he reveal hints of color -- the barely yellow skirt, or pale green sweater with shimmering gown. As if to say, “Oh, Toto... we’re still in Kansas,” but maybe a new day is upon us.

PHOTOS: Marc Jacobs Fall 2010Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010

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