If Isabel Marant’s fall collection, which debuted in Paris yesterday, looks familiar, it’s because Marant’s not the designer who tries to reinvent herself each season. Maybe more desirable, especially to the hundreds of buyers packed into the Couvents de Courdeliers, she just gives her customers what they want.
So Marant took her tried and true favorites and turned up that western flair she loves so much. There was the pale pink and burgundy color palette that dominated her spring 2011 collection, the mini-dress-meets-boot silhouette that pops up year after year and the suede fringe that made last fall’s collection so identifiable. Like Olivier Rousteing at Balmain, she used embroidered pink roses to invoke traditional cowboys. And to round it out, a slew of white boho tops and dresses for those still hankering for a slice of Sienna Miller’s style (circa 2004).
If you’ve ever maxed out your credit card at an Isabel Marant store, we regret to inform you that this collection, a sort of greatest hits, might be the most painful yet-on your bank account, not your closet.