Admiral chic, ikat prints and buttons galore at Paris Fashion Week

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  • Updated: Mar 07, 2015 14:10 IST

The designer who has been a favorite of Paris fashion week for several seasons characteristically produced another highly covetable offering of modernist fashion. Playing with her tried and tested feminine, masculine, chic and sporty codes, Isabel Marant pressed all the right buttons on at her hot ticket runway event.

Coincidentally, buttons were a focal point of her Navy-inspired Fall collection -- arranged in threes or fours, lending a touch of military chic to everything from shoulders, hips and legs.

Casual chic monochrome ikat prints and on-trend ribbon lacing at the neckline, which added a shot of sex appeal, also dominated the runway.
Unlike many fashion designers, Isabel Marant didn't share the craze for the wide-legged silhouettes of the 70s, preferring to keep trousers high-waisted and habitually skinny, and thus remaining true to her streamlined aesthetic for the lithe of leg.

Continuations from the Spring 2015 collection included palette-cleansing structured white silhouettes and flirtatious wispy 80s ra-ra-skirted dresses, but for Fall the pleated and mesh-adorned designs had a prettier, more ethereal feel.

An obvious nod to her Gallic roots, Marant's sweater dress take on the striped Marinière seemed like a sterile addition to the collection. Pairing thigh-length laser cut leather boots with the French style staple was the designer's saving grace. Her clever accessorizing served yet again as a reminder of the all-conquering modernist chic à la française that she has become renowned for.

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