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Isabel Marant Fall 2012 Runway Review

More or less single-handedly responsible for the fashion world’s current obsession with sneakers, Isabel Marant stuck with her signature comfortable-chic aesthetic, but took it in a Wild West direction for Fall 2012.

It’s always interesting when designers like Marant, who are so revered for their effortless Parisian style, look to American classics for inspiration. Marant, who in previous collections found herself inspired by California surfers and Native Americans, worked her signatures (think ruffled skirts and cropped pants) but paired them with the likes of cowboy shirts and brass belts. As for denim, another Marant signature, it came fittingly fringed, while this season's current high-top sneaker obsession might well transition into an embroidered cowboy boot come Fall.

If there’s one thing Americans know how to do it’s dress for comfort so it’s nice to see a designer find herself inspired by that, while working her stylish magic to lift up the look.