Streetwear, tomboyish aesthetics and bohemian looks: Isabel Marant’s attitude towards fashion has always included a combination of such styles, and so does her pre-fall 2016 collection. Designed with a keen eye for comfort and coziness, the lineup showcases some of Isabel Marant’s most copied pieces of all times: oversized knitwear and leather garments. However, if you are looking for a pair of her renowned wedges, you should probably wait for her next seasonal collection, as they are nowhere to be found in this transitional collection. She did instead focus on black laced-up sandals and leather pointy-toe boots, the different colors of which enhance the artistic cosmo leitmotif she embraced for most of her looks.
The Isabel Marant pre-fall 2016 collection follows three major lines, wherein the designer religiously celebrates her iconic staples: while the first section remains true to her own inner self, exploring the tomboyish style (but in a more interesting and experimental, colorful way), the second part focuses on outer space in a more astronomical and less sci-fi kind of way. Lastly, she got back to her roots with bohemian-chic pieces, inspired by the grandiose Native American Culture.
Rich in texture, the first section of the collection features a great amount of raw yet luxe materials, such as alpaca and wool, employing them to create cozy wool-blanket coats, cable-knit sweaters, long wrap skirts, kimono and collarless jackets. The idea of investing in any of those items is pretty appealing. Aside from the long cocktail wrap skirt and the midi zigzag frock, this part mainly features mannish cuts and relaxed lines that are just what we are looking for when it’s October and the rain starts to pour (and it’s cold and we just want summer back).
While the majority of her fellow colleagues followed the sci-fi trend giving birth to futuristic creations with metallic appliqués and deconstructed lines, Isabel Marant focused on a less distant future, celebrating nature (and art) rather than technology. Inspired by Spanish contemporary artist Regina Jimenez, Isabel Marant made her cosmo patterns look like polka dots, reproducing a sort of abstract solar system onto long-sleeved fluid oversized dresses. Like the leather boots, the fabric of these pieces is sleek too, enforcing the whole astronomic concept.
A solid-colored item in red introduces us to the third and last part of the collection, which intertwines boyfriend and ethnic looks. This section effortlessly radiates boho-chic vibes, taking the lead of the entire collection. Making ample use of layers, puffy shirts and Nehru collars, Isabel Marant’s bohemian twist is where she dared the most and where moments of pure femininity and masculinity were interspersed with well-tailored and relatable pieces. Each piece in the collection, from the elegant pair of Jodhpur pants to the layered pleated mini dress, was polished to the high standards Marant follows, proving us there is always a clear forethought to the proportion of each garment she designs.
Although being a transitional line-up, the Isabel Marant pre-fall 2016 collection remained strict to the core of the designer’s unique philosophy, delivering us familiar, yet highly experimental looks. What a good reason to look forward to the upcoming fall 2016 fashion weeks!
Photos courtesy of Vogue