Isabel Marant SS 2014 – It was a collection of pinks and whites made soft by using translucent fabrics. Floral lace tops were a big thing, as were prim little strong-shouldered jackets. There were a lot of solids in this showing, though it wasn’t entirely devoid of print—a cute floral was used on a handful of looks. Marant’s best looks are the ones that are lower key, where she’s able to execute her vision without it being a costume—making it totally hers in a way you can’t quite put your finger on. Luckily there were plenty of pieces like this, from frill-shoulder sleeveless blouses to even a black tank dress. Every outfit was finished off with what will probably be a gone-viral shoe for the designer: sandals and heels decorated with studs and leather bows.
Isabel Marant gave girlish fabrics the groupie sex appeal we’ve come to know and love her for – so white cotton and lace tops came under pale pink ruched jackets over sequinned pants, while gauzy floral sheer dresses were as short as it’s possible to be, worn with dark blazers that had contrasting lapels and added a boyish attitude. A heavy broderie anglaise skirt had been hacked to high on the thigh, one black cotton dress fell off one shoulder and down in asymmetrical ruffles – all the ingredients are definitively feminine, but Marant’s treatment of them gives them supercharged energy for women who aren’t just with the band – they’re in the band.
With Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights” and Tom Jones’s cover of Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life” bursting out of the speakers, you couldn’t help but be caught up in the hype – even if you won’t personally wear studded ankle boots and denim hot pants next summer, you’ll know a girl who will – and she’ll look infuriatingly good in them.