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Isabel Marant Spring 2012 Runway Review

Last season’s foray into Native American prints and motifs was an unfortunate turn for the Parisian favorite Isabel Marant. Sure, the accessories and outerwear had a few fans, but overall it was haphazard and disappointing. Luckily, this season the designer had a much more youthful and energetic tone. Teen spirit emblems and the label’s signature slouchy Parisian-cool separates were shown in both brights and cool ocean tones. Mixed prints and contrasting textures looked worn and washed with retro anoraks and patchwork denim shown alongside t-shirts and loose knits. In a slight non sequitur, the final section of the show was filled with lurex minis and body-con dresses but it still carried the same laissez-faire attitude.

As usual with Marant, even the trendy parts of the collection were executed with little thought towards actually following those trends and while it might not make for much of a show, the pieces are undeniably wearable and ready to sell. As the chic answer to high street Americana, the collection will certainly appease her cool girl client base.