Isabel Marant: cowgirls without the blues

Given the dominance of voluminous and masculine cuts on the fall /winter 2012 runways, I can’t begin to tell you how refreshing it was to take in Isabel Marant’s collection at Paris fashion week today. Sure, Marant isn’t the only designer to skip the masculine story for the season, but she was the first designer we caught today who presented a collection without pretension, without frills, airs and graces, a collection that isn’t just ready to wear but is also desirable to wear.

Isabel Marant’s fall 2012 collection is not revolutionary. Nor is the story it tells a new one: the urban cowgirl has been interpreted many times before, but as told by Marant it’s an appealing story largely because it isn’t told overtly. Instead it’s told with the universal appeal. Fancy yourself as something of a cowgirl – then dust off your cowboy boots and invest in a pair of Marant’s suede breeches or saddle shirts. If a revival of the cowboy boot look isn’t something you want to be party to, then look elsewhere in Marant’s collection to its crocheted shorts and dresses that offer something of a near universal, albeit youthful, appeal.

You can see all of the Isabel Marant autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

Photography by Imaxtree