Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear
March 1, 2018
The first look down the runway was a Navajo striped blanket-style coat, setting the tone for the western-theme hoedown that followed. More blankets and shearlings were used on hoodies and coats, followed by fringed boots and western shirts. Signature white lace antique blouses looked especially cool in a mini-skirt version worn with an oversized black suede vest. There was plenty of leather everywhere in pants, car coats, and a puffy-sleeve, one-shoulder, ruffled hem, second skin mini-dress. Her “ranch hands” were outfitted in shawl-collar sweaters, cozy shearling jackets and western shirts. Marant set the whole thing to a country-fied soundtrack that included Dolly Parton’s Jolene and dueling banjos. Backstage, Isabel Marant wore her new steel-tipped western boots, aka “shit-kickers,” and quipped that her inspiration was “Barbie and Donald Duck,” jokingly adding, “I just want to have fun.” The real inspiration came from the Western movies of Jim Jarmusch and John Cassavetes, a different kind of non-campy cool than Clint Eastwood’s vision of the West.