For the Isabel Marant Étoile Spring 2018 collection, the designer combined a selection of African-inspired patterns with retro sweat suits and artisanal touches. The motifs—loosely resembling Nigerian textiles—weren’t without context; during the walkthrough, Marant mentioned fond memories of a visit to Africa from a while back, which piqued her interest in the necessity of craftsmanship.
“It was surprising and inspiring, here were people who are wearing these clothes in their real lives,” she said.
The workwear-inspired outer layers in sturdy cotton denim, earthy tweed, and shearling were also in the spotlight. Of the faded denim offerings, a pair of jeans punctuated with a perfect grid of small threadbare holes was unlike any this writer has seen, and this treatment makes them identifiable—and thereby covetable—in a way no brand patch can match. But when it comes to Isabel Marant, we all know that no single piece is stronger than the mix; just check out the granddad parka, fluted shirt, and flounced denim skirt; or the preceding look with its quirky collegiate vibe. Regarding the message sweatshirt patched with the word Rise, you just follow her lead and shine.
Étoile has become an outlet for the designer to realize new ideas that are wearable, packable, slightly more affordable, but most of all, relatable. The range generally featured the smocked-waist ruffle skirts and quilted jacket trimmed in metal studs.