Isabel Marant Spring Summer 2013 Collection

Friday September 28, 2012 – Couvent des Cordeliers

There was a time when Isabel was solely known for her innate ability at translating Parisian ‘street chic’ into brilliantly wearable RTW. But for the past few seasons, Izzy’s girl has moved on from the city of lights onto other locales, from New York to the Midwest, each time adopting the clothing of the terra franca while still keeping to her French roots. This time is no different, as the Marant girl heads even further west, leaving behind her Navajo-inspired digs for the glitz and glam of Las Vegas casinos and the beach-life of Maui’s north shore.

The show kicked off with a surfers tune playing overhead followed by a sequence of flirty petal-print rompers, one-shoulder tops, and short-sleeve blouses knotted at the bust. Red coral-like embellishments added a beautifully bright contrast against the darker tone pieces, while cropped, narrow white jeans carried a variation of the floral print down to the mid-calf. The theme of bathing suits worn as normal day-wear (a concept seen across a few Paris runways this season, namely at Lanvin and Gauthier) also made a debut here, this time worn with a rose-red knitted print on a skirt. And given the short hemlines across several looks, we’ve gotten the impression that 2013 will be all about showing some leg.

Playing with the flower narrative, this time with rivets as the medium of expression, led to some interesting results. A short, ivory cropped jacket with a floral rivet design along the shoulders and pastel paisley-flower cardigans and skirts with riveted linings had a an welcome edgy contrast to an otherwise purely feminine piece. Isabel’s play with rivets is actually not without reason: using it as linings on pockets, across the sides of pant leggings and trimmings on skirts added a nice bit of detail and attention to the piece’s lines, in many cases creating dimension or the illusion of added length. Silky shirt-dresses with a low-slung brown leather belt and gold buckle looked like a mirage of some of our past favorite Marant pieces, but with a colorfully hypnotizing twist. The paisley print was toyed with in mustard yellows, taking it back into a one-shoulder romper shape and then stretched into shirt-jean combo.

After finishing her criss-cross tour of Americana, will we be seeing Marant heading even further west and onto the Far East? Who knows. But it seems that whatever city or region Isabel sets her sights on, she never loses sight of making clothes that are ‘oh-so-beautifully’ French.

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