Isabel Marant presented a menswear collection alongside her womenswear for the first time
For the Isabel Marant Spring 2018 collection, the designer debuted her long-awaited take on menswear, which will be a success for her existing female customer.
“We always talk about girls borrowing from their boyfriends, but my boyfriend is always borrowing my clothes,” said Isabel Marant moments before her show.
The designer looked to the low-slung track pants and comfortable sandals of California’s beaches, but then pumped up the glam by rendering them in high-shine materials and pairing them with tight, one-shouldered bodysuits. During daylight hours, the Marant girl goes for flirty pieces in white eyelet. Finishing touches include grommets, rhinestones and voluminous balloon sleeves.
There was an endless-summer vibe all over this collection, with Kaia Gerber opening the show in a crisp optic-white blouse with billowing leg-of-mutton sleeves and matching white track pants. Marant cited just two key references for the collection: British lace and sportswear. Though if you had to find an inspirational milieu for the clothes, it might be somewhere between the disco and the beach. There were ’70s-style crochet bikinis layered under denim jackets spliced with broderie anglaise, and anoraks; shiny metallic jumpsuits rolled down to reveal zippered maillots or asymmetric going-out tops, looks that would be ready for the party with a simple shoe change—Japanese-style flip-flops to strappy metallic heels in this instance. There were man-size versions of the thong sandals, jumpsuits, and track pants as well. This was his-and-hers glam-leisure done à la Française.
The Marant Man collection featured relaxed knits, athletic track pants and low-cut tees in soft cottons, topped off with slick anoraks in retro surf brights.
Get an exclusive look backstage as preparations for the Spring 2018 collection are underway.