Spring/Summer 2016’s love affair with bohemia suits Isabel Marant just fine – after all, she’s practically pioneered the new wave of bohemian style since the inception of her sought-after brand. Yet, her well-known aesthetic doesn’t take for granted its central role in the grander scheme of global trends. Instead, Marant works tirelessly to improve and innovate, and her latest collection speaks to her intelligent approach to haute hippie style with a provocative combination of looks influenced by the Occident and the Orient.
The show opened with looks that erred on the side of the traditionally tribal, with robes, wrapped tops and foldover vests that featured embroidery, shredded hems, grommet embellishment, and multi-colored cord trim. From there, Marant begins to introduce her version of futurism, pairing printed separates with glitzy metallic parkas, and cropped peasant blouses with foiled silver trousers. Additionally, there was knitwear paired with lacquered leather skirts and boho blouses worn atop fully sequined hot pants. Marant’s globetrotting girl clearly has an eye for exotic blends, and wears her souvenir purchases with sporty, street style accents that make for a cool uniform. By infusing her bohemian collection with techy-cool pieces and ethnic embroidery, tribalism and futurism prove to be excellent partners.