Designer Spotlight: Isabel Marant
The French label with a big reputation and notoriety for encapsulating casual Parisian chic. Isabel Marant is a powerhouse designer that every fashion editor can rely on for ruffles, romance, relaxed knits and the coolest of casual wear. Her sole intent is to design clothes for real women who could be found 'walking down the street or zipping off a scooter'. As well as her mainline brand, she also has her 'Etoile' diffusion line and designs childrenswear.
Born Isabelle - changed during her childhood to differentiate herself from all of the other Isabelle's in her class - she grew up around a world of creativity, with her father working a photographer and her mother, a model. As a child, Marant dressed like a 'tomboy' who disliked anything stereotypically girly, so would borrow clothes from her dad's wardrobe, styling silk dressing gowns and wearing his oversized jumpers as dresses.
As a teenager, Marant found it difficult to shop for clothes that she wanted to wear, so asked her father for a sewing machine and started making her own out of old fabrics and second-hand clothing. This is when you could say her career in fashion started, as her friends loved what she was wearing and asked for recreations for themselves. At just sixteen years old, she was making a lot of money from selling the clothes she was making and decided to start a design course at Studio Berçot fashion school in Paris.
Before the launch of her own brand in 1989, she interned with Michael Klein, Bridget Yorke and assisted art director, Marc Ascoli, on projects for Chloé, Martine Sitbon, and Yohji Yamamoto. Her first collection became an instant hit and led to a very successful career in fashion. With just over ten years of experience under her belt she branched out and created her diffusion line, 'Isabel Marant Etoile', which we stock and love here at Bernard.
Isabel Marant is a very successful French fashion designer, whose brand is known for her bohemian aesthetic and fervently coveted creations. Her clothes have been worn by some of the world's most fashionable stars including Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Weisz and Alexa Chung. If you are looking for a new casual, perfectly tousled but never over-thought look, then take a look at the latest collections we have online that you can also get at 30% off in our Isolation sale.