Had Isabel Marant been looking at archive Elvis footage by any chance? She started with Hawaiian prints cut into flirty dresses and knotted-under-the-bust shirts recalling the music legend’s film, Blue Hawaii, and she ended on white flared studded jeans, recalling the icon’s white studded jumpsuit.
In between was a nod to the 1970s with silk paisley shirts loosely laced down the front (like the famous Avedon picture of Veruschka), low-slung flared jeans or an embroidered waistcoat. Or was it the 1960s? So brief was that suede laced mini skirt and those shorts and that babydoll dress?
Actually, with Marant, there is no era, no literal reference of any screen legend or model icon. Her reference - her icon - is her girl. And this season she’s the epitome of a gorgeous, blissed-out, sexy summer siren as ever.
So what if it’s all familiar territory? So what if Marant’s boho vibe isn’t chiming with the rest of this archly minimalist season? Girls will never have enough of the cool factor that Marant somehow injects into everything here, including those gladiator sandals. The next It piece?