Isabel Marant has a cult following that rivals that of many young designers. Her fans love her refined hipness, her effortless haute-bohemian style, and her commitment to making luxe, high fashion that’s wearable beyond the cycle of the season.
Marant smartens it up and evolves its shapes, and we couldn’t be happier.
There’s a sense that the Marant girl is always heading off to some fabulous location; in previous years it’s been Aspen, India, and London. For Fall/Winter 2014, she visits Seattle for a grunge-inspired collection that took staples of the scene and renewed them for the modern day. Grunge is a tricky subject, fashionably speaking, as it was a movement that was idyllically self-proclaimed as “anti-fashion”. And yet, louche attitudes and “losers” were suddenly everywhere with opportunists like Courtney Love howling to the front of the pack in ripped babydoll dresses and Doc Martens. Marant’s take is far removed from grunge’s origins, preferring a luxurious update that cut handsome flannels into crisp suit jackets, paired grandpa cardigans with metallic shorts, and spruced up camo prints with sequins. Instead of her hip-hugging skinny trousers, Marant went baggy with a variety of loose silks and scrunchy leathers. The power shoulder was a new direction for the designer, but without the backing of the 1980s. Instead, Marant’s shoulder felt modern and worked surprisingly well with her relaxed silhouette. Eventually, what was once a trend finds favor in fashion once more, but it’s not a carbon copy of the originating look. Grunge deserves to grow up, because its comfort and tomboyish charm are aspects that women still enjoy today. Marant smartens it up and evolves its shapes, and we couldn’t be happier to have a sophisticated and very hip update to wear next season.
Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway