Isabel Marant launches menswear

Isabel Marant has launched a menswear collection and a good look at the clothes tells you one of three things: the clothes have all the practical rocker cool and bohemian gypsy groove that one expects from Marant; every look is imbued with her signature DNA and the collection seems destined to follow in the footsteps of her women’s collections. Meaning, expect the collection to be a huge hit. The result: pale gray redingotes in a striped wool that almost looked bias cut; floral hippie shirts; an excellent series of khaki safari jackets and some great Western jackets with Comanche imagery.

“Men’s clothes have inspired my women’s fashions”

“I decided to create a collection because I was fed up with my guy pals and my male staff complaining when they looked at my women’s collections, ’Oh, if you made the neck larger I would wear that. Or, if you cut this coat two sizes bigger, it would fit me; or add full pockets and we would wear this.’ And, I thought, okay I will!” laughed Marant at an intimate dinner Tuesday night in her loft style showroom in Place des Victoires. “Men’s clothes have inspired my women’s fashions for years. So, this is giving it back to them. This is a translation for me,” expounded Marant, who founded her house in 1994.

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