Isabel Marant whipped up a lively lineup for spring, working extra color and patterns into an eclectic mix of her signature windbreakers, quilted vests, acid-wash jean jackets and loosely cut trousers — embellished with patches and zig-zag detailing.
“I always try to offer solid basics that are easy, playful — inspired by colors,” she said, also noting this season’s sporty thrust. It was less about reinventing things, and more about offering a base from which people can play around with fashion, mixing and matching as they wish, suggested Marant.
“Young people like to be reassured — and find the volumes they are seeking, that they enjoy wearing. It’s really a story of styling and attitude,” she remarked.
A number of labels are out to convey energy this season, as the fashion industry is jolted out of a lockdown slumber and swept back into action. But this is natural territory for Marant, who has built her men’s line with a fresh approach to ’80s and ’90s classics — oversize workwear shirts, ikat motifs with patches of pink, padded vests in floral motifs and shiny lightweight tops and bottoms.
“A bit of metallic, rock ’n’ roll grunge — that always does one good,” she enthused.
Marant took that attitude to the grand steps of the Palais Brongniart in central Paris, treating guests to a performance from the pop duo Faux-Real. The pair performed under the vast columns, which were decorated with images from the collection — the models were snapped in movement — while the crowd dipped into camping coolers for refreshments and waiters passed around sausages in buns.
Also known for relaxed silhouettes, Marant offered loose jeans and jean shirts made with Tencel, for an extra slouchy effect. Patched workwear trousers were cool and chic, the upturned cuff in a different fabric.
Overall, the collection had a funkier feel than previous offers, reflecting a more adventurous side as the Marant man moves away from “perfectly matching” territory to embrace his individualism — capturing the desire to let loose after being cooped up for so long, no doubt.