So excited by Isabel Marant Spring 2012 Collection
If you're looking for an antidote to all of the ladylike clothes destined for stores next Spring, Isabel Marant will be your gal. Pretty and sweet aren't her thing; sexy and earthy
are more like it. No nipped-waist dresses here. Instead, she said
backstage, she was thinking about what a girl traveling around the world
for her summer holidays would pack in her ideal suitcase.
Marant's trip kicked off in the U.S. of A. It was spelled out in block
letters on the back of her slouchy football jerseys. Then there were the
stripey track pants, and the hoodies and tank dresses knit together
from shredded old sweatshirts. Nobody does comfort clothes quite like les américains.
But Marant's girl is a global traveler, so there were also Rajasthani
embroideries on vests and dresses tie-dyed using Indian techniques.
Jeans are always an essential part of this designer's story; today they
looked like they'd been dip-dyed in bleach, scribble-printed, or stamped
with a python pattern that looked like a callback to one of her big
hits from a couple of years ago.
Which raises the questions: Is Marant's formula becoming a little
formulaic? Or is she just giving us girls what we want? It's too early
to say for next Spring, but a quick tally of her Navajo jeans and
fringed boots from Fall in the front rows this month suggests the latter