Paris Fall 2013: Maison Martin Margiela, Isabel Marant

by The Daily Front Row

(PARIS) Maison Martin Margiela
The Maison Martin Margiela design team’s take on menswear was anything but ordinary.  Suiting came in pieces like a black zip jacket with enormous oversize shirt cuffs, done up with canary yellow brushstrokes, which matched the slouchy trou streaked with paint stripe. A white buttondown featuring magenta megacuffs paired nicely with slouchy brushstroke pants. Pinstripes peppered the collection, whether in vest-laden pantsuiting with a knotted halter top that resembles a men’s tie or a skirt suit with armbands and a scalloped skirt fashioned to look like the curved hem of a suit jacket that had a bit of a mod look when paired with black calf-length booties. Eveningwear came in bannerlike silk columns with indecipherable writing cut up and hodgepodged together. Ever the trailblazers, it’s not surprising the enigmatic Margiela maison would put forth a translating-challenged message onto the runways.

Isabel Marant
This is how the French do punk, darlings. Madame Marant sent out her mods in edgy yet pared-down looks, like a midnight navy mini was layered with a black pull over micro top that revealed just a peek of cleavage was paired with black knee-high pony hair boots A silver tulip mini was fashioned from chain metal, mingling with a sheer black blouse. A long, oversized black tuxedo jacket also went with a very brief-hemmed skirt, and then paired with strappy booties. Black leather leggings and studded shirt were layered with a sheer sweater and slouchy coat. But punk doesn’t have to be noir! Marant sent out a cream suede flap lapeled moto-jacket worn over three layered cotton shirts in various shades of off-white, along with skinny eggshell white leggings and strappy booties or a mini layered sweater dress worn with a thin sequined scarf. Oh so Marant. The result? Marant’s hip cadre of loyalists will have plenty of cool staples for the Fall wardrobes, while still effortlessly looking the punky part.

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