Spring/Summer 2016 was typically all about boho for Isabel Marant, who unveiled the collection in the picturesque Place Colette, just across from the Louvre, just as the sun was setting, bathing the models and their holiday-ready clothes in golden light. Autumn/Winter 2016’s story stood in total contrast, however. As the rain lashed down on the show tent, set in the same location but looking wintry under the dark grey skies, Marant paraded a different vibe altogether: a rockabilly girl with a penchant for leather and lace.
Rock 'n' roll is a theme that the designer has dabbled in before – after all, her leather pants are known as the best in the business. Here they came again, in black and red, teamed with high-shine PVC jackets and flat pointy booties decorated with buckles and zebra stripes.
Tiered minis are another Marant signature, this time appearing in lace and worn with tucked-in high-neck blouses or completely ruffled as prom-style one-shoulder dresses and taken down a notch by the same punky ankle boots. For those not into such girly eveningwear, a long black jacket cinched over a buttoned-up shirt with a glossy ring belt (wide belts are shaping up to be a big trend in Paris) was perfectly on point. A surprise twist to the line-up was a series of tweed macs layered over chunky white knits and cream leather bottoms.