What do the words “tribal” and “Parisian” have in common? Isabel Marant. Her view for summer is more natural and raw; “Tribal without being too literal” is how the designer described her Spring-Summer collection.

Her visit to Togo, Ghana and Kenya 25 years ago left an enduring impression on Marant, and this collection definitely makes us dream of distant horizons and African skies. With short hemlines, abstract patterns, pleated leather, raffia fringes and gladiator sandals, Marant’s collection creates a bridge between tribal art and urban fashion.

Another major theme is accentuating the waistline with layered belts that enhance the feminine silhouette. The collection, as a whole, reflects the urban woman; half warrior and half Parisian. In the words of Marant,”For this campaign, we wanted to show a woman who is very urban and who likes to explore the city, but who also has a wild side.”

Text By Hillary Louks

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