Paris Fashion Week Fall 2013: Isabel Marant, original cool girl

Mar 02 2013 by
Categories : Fashion

Isabel Marant, interviewed backstage at her Fall 2013 show.

Isabel Marant’s show, yesterday at the Place Vendôme, was packed. It was also running late because 10 Marant models had been en route from Dior and needed a hair and makeup switch-up. (Editors were tardy too. When a security guard told one British spitfire, who has been covering Fashion Week in crutches, that she had to stand because she was too late to take her seat, she hissed "Oh, REALLY?" and huffily hoofed it past him. Fashion Week is beyond amazing, but it doesn’t always bring out the best in people.) But back to the best—to Marant. The designer creates clothes for 21st-century cool girls, so it’s only fitting that she would be one of them. Still, I was impressed by how Marant managed to make being cool seem so effortless and, well, warm. After the show—
featuring a minimalist collection of luxe leggings and studded mini skirts—I went backstage with
ELLE Canada writer Clara Young.
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Arizona Muse, backstage at Isabel Marant.

Seeing Marant backstage—with six TV and two print interviews ahead of her before she could relax—reminded me how the role of the fashion designer continues to change. These days, it’s rarely enough to design excellent collections: you’re also expected to be your brand. Marant, though, seemed more than game. She had a beaming smile for everyone and a handy way with a soundbite ("I prefer clean and classic—not a lot of fancy fuss").

Marant’s husband, the accessories designer Jérôme Dreyfuss, was backstage too, and he chatted in French about everything from his son to famed embroidery atelier Lésage to street style ("It’s not even style! It’s the last look from Fendi or Dior!"). Clara had the last (and longest) interview of the evening with Marant before the designer lit a cigarette, thanked everyone warmly and said goodnight.

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