The cool Parisian girl is back in full swing, long legs out (or covered in slinky, skin-hugging leggings) and hemlines high. More nonchalant than ever, this is why girls love Isabel Marant: no fuss and maximum wear-ability. And really, the cool Parisian girl is Isabel Marant, the enviable chick on the block who manages to seamlessly reinvent crowd favorites into new incarnations each season, much to our amazement.
The thin, necklace-like scarves hark back to her original collections, while the coyly placed cutouts on the ribbed tops – they only allude to cleavage; for actual cleavage is not what the Marant woman is about! – are super-sexy. More noteworthy, she has taken the world’s most beloved (and copycatted) wedge sneaker and whipped it into a sleeker, ski-inspired boot, for something a bit more refined that feels gratifying and timely. With a cavalcade of pared-down basics, this collection amounts to the wardrobe we all want in our closets. With no flash and plenty of sass, there’s something so inviting about layering on angular knits, some sheer and some jersey, over drainpipe pants. Marant added heavy-metal embellishments to her simple wrap-mini and toss-on jackets, but nothing feels contrite or showy. Smartly monochromatic, it’s just pure Parisian insouciance. It makes me want to embrace an undone quality, to dress in a way that says: is it an outfit or did she just toss on what layers were most convenient? And that’s the very appeal.