From Isabel Marant’s opening sound track of Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights to her closing with Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life, she laid out the ideal for her spring women: tough-yet-romantic with gauzy looks and romantic ruffles paired with sinewy feeling jackets and rocker chic leather. As she reminded us backstage, “It’s the contrast of two ideas that I’m always trying to work with.” It was exactly those looks that resonated so highly with me, much more than her singularly romantic and sweet looks (save for the exquisite lace tops).
Ms. Marant closed out the show with grommet infused looks – the spectacular ending dress will be on every young rebelette in touch with their feminine side wish list – and was particularly stunning in an open weave, loosely structured jacket. As one who has coveted Isabel’s shoes and boots over the years, I’m not quite sure about the bow detail (works much better without) on her grommet covered shoes – a suede Mary Jane/bootie hybrid and ankle wrap version of Birkenstocks.
Don’t forget Isabel Marant’s long-awaited foray into the world of designer collaborations with mass marketing fashion giants. Her H&M partnering is launching November 14 following a big Paris bash. Early reviews are describing it as exceptional and the photos of the collection released prove them right!