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”I want to look like those French girls..."

Postby charybdis » Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:37 pm

All the hot girls are going berserk for Isabel Marant, the young Frenchwoman whose label has mastered the jet-set bohemian look associated with carefree Parisian chicks: that thrown-together, cigarette-hanging-from-pouty-mouth style that pretends to shrug off effort. “Quoi, this? Pfff. I slept in this shirt, you silly child, and these pants were on the floor.”


The New York Times

In a fit of boredom during the summer I wrote a little about Marant's aesthetics but sknss probably knows more about her than I do. She's described herself as "not minimalistic" and says of her customer: "I think it’s just a woman who wants to have a strong personality but without being totally dressed up, who wants to be different but in a discreet way. And she’s usually a rather active, entrepreneurial woman, who needs to feel good in her clothes without trying too hard."

That said, I mostly started this thread because images from the recent Marant x H&M lookbook leaked. They are as follows:

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(Sorry, I couldn't find larger versions of her men's stuff anywhere.)

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Here's the rest: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/2 ... de=2945710

Not sure about the menswear, but it looks pretty decent although the boots look awful to me. The coat looks really tempting.

Also, this whole thing makes me think of this article I read in the LA times about whether the new collab signals Marant losing her "coolness." Thoughts about it?

Some reading:

http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/ ... -muse.html
http://www.wmagazine.com/fashion/2008/02/isabel_marant/ (Title quote comes from this piece.)
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/03 ... t-20130303
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Re: ”I want to look like those French girls..."

Postby Stingray Sam » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:50 pm

for some reason these models don't look like the sort of people Marant describes wearing her clothes.
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Re: ”I want to look like those French girls..."

Postby hooplah » Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:03 pm

i hate western shit but i'll definitely try to cop that grey coat and the white tank top

actually probably like 3 of the tank tops, they look pretty perfect

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Re: ”I want to look like those French girls..."

Postby sknss » Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:48 pm

dwindles i get an error with your third link

i'm not impressed by the h&m collab, tbh i think that designer clothes kind of lose their appeal if the construction is poor and the fabrics are shitty... the ideas are there but not the craftsmanship. meh
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Re: ”I want to look like those French girls..."

Postby hooplah » Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:56 pm

totally agree. that's why i wouldn't mind stocking up on the white tanks, though. tanks like that don't last very long in my hands regardless of the brand or quality, so if the cut's good i'll buy it no matter where it's from. if a have a few at least i'm set for a while.
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Re: ”I want to look like those French girls..."

Postby sknss » Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:46 pm

there's an interview of marant in ELLE fr. (sorry for the awful translation but i cba to put more thought into this)

she says:

What collection could I create for H&M ? It wasn’t obvious for me. What angle should I take? And then I remembered the very moving words I received, mainly after the documentary Loïc Prigent made about me. Many young girls or women were telling me they love what I do but they couldn’t afford my clothes. Or they were talking about a piece they’d lost and they despaired of never being able to find it again. So, that’s what this collection is about: a selection of the brand’s staples, all my essentials, to thank these women. It’s a gift.


I chose all my favorite clothes, as if I took everything in my closet to make an ideal suitcase. I dipped into my different collections. I recombined everything so that women can choose to mix them as they wish. I put a lot of thought in the actual fabrication. It was out of the question to make a cheap version of my clothes. They are the same quality as what you can find in my stores.


this is such bullshit
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Re: ”I want to look like those French girls..."

Postby can- » Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:10 pm

lol she sounds like a bitch in that first quote. reminds me of when my good friend Ezra (who some probably know from his fits I have posted around the web) ran into thom Browne at a fundraiser. he introduced himself and told thom that he loves his clothes but can't afford them on his just-out-of-college living-at-home budget, and thom Browne says to Ezra, 'well, maybe someday'

reaffirms my belief that when designers talk about their work they sound hopelessly out of touch with reality (like Isabel above) or they sound almost retarded in their difficulty to express their work in words (raf, rick, every fashion student i know)

phoebe philo and ann demoool have always struck me as very down to earth people who make a lot of sense in their interviews
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Re: ”I want to look like those French girls..."

Postby bels » Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:47 pm

What would a down to earth designer say though?

Suspect we're all out of touch with reality. I recall seeing that raf gradient suit for this season and thinking it was pretty reasonably priced at 1.3k
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