From ‘Admiral chic’ to ikat prints, Isabel Marant dazzles at Paris Fashion Week

Models present creations by Isabel Marant during the 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, March 7, 2015. — AFP pic
Models present creations by Isabel Marant during the 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, March 7, 2015. — AFP pic

PARIS, March 7 — Isabel Marant, the designer who has been a favourite of Paris fashion week for several seasons characteristically produced another highly covetable offering of modernist fashion.

Playing with her tried and tested feminine, masculine, chic and sporty codes, Isabel Marant pressed all the right buttons yesterday at her hot ticket runway event.

Coincidentally, buttons were a focal point of her Navy-inspired Fall collection — arranged in threes or fours, lending a touch of military chic to everything from shoulders, hips and legs.

Casual chic monochrome ikat prints and on-trend ribbon lacing at the neckline, which added a shot of sex appeal, also dominated the runway.

Unlike many fashion designers, Isabel Marant didn’t share the craze for the wide-legged silhouettes of the 70s, preferring to keep trousers high-waisted and habitually skinny, and thus remaining true to her streamlined aesthetic for the lithe of leg.

Continuations from the Spring 2015 collection included palette-cleansing structured white silhouettes and flirtatious wispy 80s ra-ra skirted dresses, but for Fall the pleated and mesh-adorned designs had a prettier, more ethereal feel.

An obvious nod to her Gallic roots, Marant’s sweater dress take on the striped Marinière seemed like a sterile addition to the collection. Pairing thigh-length laser cut leather boots with the French style staple was the designer’s saving grace. Her clever accessorising served yet again as a reminder of the all-conquering modernist chic à la française that she has become renowned for. — AFP-Relaxnews