October 01, 2009 Paris
Marant's Spring collection is a little looser and a lot more colorful than Fall, but her formula for success is basically unchanged. The show was packed with the kind of item-y, sexy little pieces that are designed to give a girl's wardrobe an instant update. The strong-shouldered jacket was back, but this time with crafty embellishments around the neckline. Pants came shiny and draped, or tight and striped with lacing at the ankles. And the cuffed pirate boot—boots being an essential component of the designer's leggy look, even in summer—were dripping with fringe and chains around the ankles. The New York chapter of Marant's fan club will have a direct line on all of it when the store she's been talking up for so long finally opens in Soho early next year.