ISABEL MARANT ETOILE PRE-COLLECTION 2014 | New season collections (Insert Brand Name), bags, shoes, ready to wear | Parlour X

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Isabel Marant was inspired by Japan for her latest Etoile collection. The most notable reference is the cotton-blend Kony sweatshirt (available in chalk, khaki and black), embroidered with “Fujiyama” on the centre-front. This season also sees the arrival of an abundance of versatile tops in monochromatic hues, which embody the label’s bohemian spirit. The Safi and Sonia tops, available in black and ecru, feature a beautiful ruffled trim and are both crafted from a lightweight gauze fabric making it ideal for warm climates. The crocheted cotton Calice top and Caty dress (both available in black and white) are intricately embroidered with floral appliqués, and are the perfect go-to pieces for breezy summer daytime dressing. The Barber top and the Bloom dress are ideal for hot climates as they are both fabricated from gauze-like cotton blend. The Barber top and Bloom are perfect to slip on over a bikini, and feature intricate ethnic-inspired embroidery, encapsulating Marant’s bohemian carefree aesthetic. Other beautiful lightweight pieces from Marant’s latest collection include the silk-chiffon Zaggy dress (available in black and blue), the Zinya top (available in black/ecru, black and navy/ecru), and the striped Xana top (available in black and beige). Marant has made stripes a central theme in her latest collection. The Olan dress, Olwen short sleeve top and Odea ¾ sleeve dress are all fabricated from a lightweight silk and are emblazoned with bold graphic stripes. These pieces are perfect for day to evening dressing and are available in two beautiful colour ways – ecru and midnight, and for those who prefer more colour black, teal and red. An Isabel Marant collection would be incomplete without jeans – the ultimate staple of any Marant wardrobe. The Pradley and Parsons jeans are perfect go-to pieces for a relaxed daytime look, which exudes Marant’s coveted laidback aesthetic. Pradley combines a straight leg and a boyfriend fit and is cropped at the ankle, which is ideal for showing off Marant’s signature sneakers. Parsons are a boyfriend fit jean, which also features a cropped leg and can be paired with a pair of pumps to add a dose of femininity.

Undeniably, one of Marant’s greatest achievements is sending the fashion world into an absolute frenzy with her iconic wedge sneakers, which continue to create miles-long waiting lists at her boutiques worldwide.

Bekkett and Bobby initiated the concealed wedge sneaker trend and it did not take long for these fashion-forward creations to be coveted by the most fashionable A-listers including Emily Blunt, Kate Bosworth, Alessandra Ambrosio, Dakota Fanning, Kate Moss, Beyonce and Rihanna, among others. This season welcomes another influx of Bobby sneakers (a favourite of Miranda Kerr and Jessica Alba) – crafted from luxurious perforated suede, these wedge trainers feature sports luxe accents and a lace-up front, making them perfect for day-to-day errands. These fashion-forward sneakers are available in two very wearable shades – anthracite and brown – making them a worthwhile addition to any wardrobe. Similar to the Bobby, is the Betty, available in show-stopping burgundy – this season’s hottest hue! The latest addition to Marant’s line of sell-out wedge sneakers is the Burt sneakers, which are very similar to the Bekketts however; they are differentiated with a contrast tongue in tonal suede and beige leather. These functional yet super chic high-top wedge trainers have already been coveted by the who’s who of the global fashion set including Kate Moss, Victoria’s Secret supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Eva Mendes. Marant is also renowned for her amazing boots, which feature the label’s signature hidden wedge. Firstly, there is the Beslay boot (available in anthracite and brown), a new addition to Marant’s ever-expanding portfolio of cult-classics. Crafted from soft perforated suede with hanging back tassels, these slouchy moccasin boots are an ideal daytime shoe, which exudes the label’s effortlessly chic aesthetic.

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