Isabel Marant Womenswear S/S12

Summer nights in football jerseys and tie dye jackets will be another surefire hit for the popular French label

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There are certain things we've come to expect from Isabel Marant - a tight jean or two, great jackets that are instantly recognisable as Marant and a killer attitude that makes a lot of people want to be the quintessential Isabel Marant girl. She shows you that a chunky knit, a cotton biker and a faded football t-shirt can be gussied up with a suitably pointy heel and tight enough jeans and in this case methods like tie dye and ragga patchwork knitting are the rustic elements that are injected into these Marant staples.  There was more surface detailing to look at in the collection than usual with leather and denim patchwork in 70s shades of dusky pinks and browns as well as minute scribble prints, bleached denim, open lacework and plastic chunky knits to provide tactile details.  The emphasis was certainly on craft but never in a way that makes you ponder the processes and intellect behind it given that the final result is that once this stuff drops on the shop floor, girls will clamber for it, craft or not craft.

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