Designer Profile – Isabel Marant

French fashion designer Isabel Marant began her career in 1985, during her studies at the Studio Berot Fashion School in Paris. Two years later she was working with influential fashion designers including Michel Klein, Bridget Yorke and Marc Ascoli; in 1989 she branched out and launched her own eponymous jewellery and accessories collection. Her first clothing line was created the following year, and focused on knits and jerseys. This line developed into the Isabel Marant label of today, and was showcased initially in a runway show in the summer of 1995. In the late 1990s Marant won a string of prestigious prizes including ‘Award de la Mode’ and a Whirlpool Award. In 1998 and 1999 Marant opened two shops in Paris and began to expand the range of her label to include lingerie and childrenswear. Nowadays the name Isabel Marant is synonymous with effortless Parisian chic and creating accessible everyday looks without sacrificing the quality or craft of high fashion.

Key Design Features
– pared-down Parisian style
– recently: tribal prints and flowing materials
– effortless sophistication
– youth and energy

Musical Equivalent
Something from a Kitsuné Maison Compilation

High-Street Equivalent
Urban Outfitters meets Zara

She says…
‘I’m quite anti-consumerist; it’s difficult for me being a designer in an industry I don’t like. When I design a collection I find myself thinking, “Why do we need new clothes?” I never think about the fashion people… They are not my concern.’

We say…
Isabel Marant is the first and last word in pared-down sophistication, and although her latest collections have strayed a little from this aesthetic – favouring sportswear and tribal prints – we love the new direction the label’s going in. Marant has cited the inspiration for her spring/summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection as ‘what a girl traveling around the world for her summer holidays would pack in her ideal suitcase’ – if this collection isn’t enough to make you pine over hot, lazy summer days in the darkest depths of seventh week, we don’t know what would be.