Style Notes: Isabel Marant
Edited by Karla Martinez and Vanessa Lawrence Utter the name Isabel Marant (above) in the company of style-conscious girls the world over and you will inspire gushing that reaches cult-worship status. The Paris-based designer knows how to court the cool girls, whether with her chain-trimmed, fringed boots from Spring 2010 or her season-less, breezy floral dresses. Sport one of her signature bohemian, street-ready pieces and you’re guaranteed to get papped.
Naturally, the designer’s own closet—and home—are as inspiring as her clothing and accessories lines. Here, Marant offers a glimpse into her enviable lifestyle.
Define your style in three words: Cozy, casual, chic.
Daily uniform: A corduroy jean, one of my favorite color block linen tee-shirts from my spring collection, and a nice pair of heel shoes.
Greatest hits: One oversized men’s jacket, a pair of boots from my last winter collection and some lapis lazuli bracelets. I can’t imagine living without my Martin Margiela caban jacket and my so lovely vintage blouse.
Preferred footwear: I love Pierre Hardy shoes, stilettos or wedges. I also have some Lanvin ballerina flats.
Marant in her studio
Finishing touches: I’m wearing a lot of colored delicate bracelets and I love tiny rings and my father’s Piaget father watch.
Nighttime look: I love wearing a very short dress or skirt with an oversized jacket and some high heels. Something super feminine and sexy that I break with something very masculine.
Best recent discovery: Scaravelli yoga. I’ve been doing yoga for 10 years, but I’ve just discovered the Vanda Scaravelli method, which is based on the spine. I’ve always had back pain and it helps me a lot.
Favorite stores: One of my favorite stores is “La Hune,” a very nice bookstore in St Germain des Près in Paris.
Style icon: Serge Gainsbourg.
Last purchase: A great Isamu Noguchi lamp.
Lusting after: Doing a trip for a month at least in California.
Favorite haunts: My cabin in Fontainebleau in a forest outside of Paris.
Your next trip: Greece for the summer holidays.
What you’ll be packing for that trip: A pair of shorts, some espadrilles, a bikini and a lot of books.
Portrait: Jeremie Nassif