I was paging through the “fashion” tag on Tumblr when I stumbled upon shots from Isabel Marant’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection and stopped dead in my tracks. I immediately expanded all of the runway images for a closer look…It was love at first sight. Isabel Marant hasn’t always been a name that’s been particularly on my radar, but after seeing this collection and doing a little fashion research (AKA the best kind of research!) I can easily say that I have a new favorite designer to add to my ever-growing list.
As you can see from the video of her runway show above, Marant’s latest offerings are bohemian and easy-to-wear with an obvious foundation rooted in 70s rock. She has created these flowy maxi skirts and dresses that are light and airy–flattering in exactly the right way–but that are somehow body-conscious and sultry. There are studs, vintage-inspired print, lacing, beading, EVERYTHING, and it’s all done perfectly. The shorts are super short. The mini-dresses are encrusted in embellishments. The blouses pair perfectly with layered necklaces and belts. In short, I want everything.
Marant was once quoted saying “I don’t like it when clothes are too perfect”, but this collection is just that…at least for me! Though couture hounds may look down upon such an effortless or “obvious” offerings, I totally appreciate the innate wearability in Isabel’s designs. It’s a ready-to-wear collection that is truly ready to wear. These pieces don’t require thought–you just put them in your closet (and then, obviously, on your body) and go. A swishy skirt, studded belt, wide-leg pants, lace-up caftan…Just because these things have been done before doesn’t mean that they are any less beautiful or desirable in 2013. Even if the line isn’t spectacularly innovative, the S/S collection beachy, youthful, easy, and fun–exactly how I aspire to dress all summer long.
Vogue claims that the pieces come with an age restriction: “Beautiful young things need only apply.” If this is true I, for one, believe that there has never been a better time to embrace the YOLO movement than with Isabel’s S/S designs.
How do you feel about Marant’s latest collection? Is it your style? Do you have any favorite pieces? Leave a comment and let me know!
Liza, Editorial Director