Isabel Marant, the creator of Parisian cool

Known around the world for its wedge sneakers, Isabel Marant has cultivated an ultra-recognizable style for more than 30 years. Back on a career that has not yet said its last word.

  Isabel Marant, the creator of Parisian cool

Elizabeth Marant was born on April 12, 1967, in the suburbs of Paris. His father runs an audiovisual company, while his mother, a former model of German origin, is at the head of the agence Elite . She spent her childhood in a pretty house in Neuilly, and quickly took up sewing. His method? Digging into his father's wardrobe to appropriate clothes from the men's wardrobe. But she will have to wait until she blows out her 16 candles to become the proud owner of a sewing machine.

Silhouette of the Isabel Marant fall-winter 2000-2001 fashion show

How did Isabel Marant start her career?

After quickly studying at HEC, she changed paths and launched 'Aller Simple' in 1984 with they are ami Christophe Lemaire . A few years later, she took an internship with Michel Klein. Then she works in turn for Marc Ascoli, Yohji Yamamoto or even Chloé. Not really a fan of jewelry, Isabel Marant is however interested in working with metal. Knowledge that she puts into practice in several fashion houses, with a collection of belts at Claude Montana and shoe buckles at Michel Perry in particular.

When did Isabel Marant begin to experience success?

In 1989, she launched a duo line of knitwear with her mother, which she named 'Twen by Isabel Marant' . In 1994 she inaugurated Isabel Marant with a first fashion show and a boutique in the XI th arrondissement of Paris: it was an immediate success. Proof, if one were needed, Monoprix-Prisunic and La Redoute call on her for capsule collections. She imagines a wide feminine panoply, from little black dresses to caps, including bags and enveloping coats.

Until 2007, she never stopped multiplying projects: she opened several boutiques, in Paris and abroad, released her second line (which she called Isabel Marant Etoile ), and gave birth to her son, Tal Dreyfuss, the fruit of her union with the designer of handbags Jérôme Dreyfuss. Isabel Marant has already made a name for herself. But it's a meeting with Emmanuelle Alt , emblematic figure of the magazine Vogue France (formerly Vogue Paris ) which will propel her to the rank of iconic designer. In 2013, it's the event: she released a collection in collaboration with H&M. The following year, she was crowned 'Best designer in the world' at the Crystal Globes. In 2017, she finally imagined clothes for men, with the very first branded pieces Isabel Marant man .

Silhouette of the Isabel Marant Spring/Summer 2023 show

Isabel Marant style, what is it?

In the city, the designer wears a casual style and super recognizable. Among the iconic pieces, we find in particular shoes, a pair of sneakers compensated — who were once at the feet of all the influencers, and who signed their big comeback in the summer of 2021. From her young years, she has kept certain cuts from the men's wardrobe: large blazers, sweatshirts and oversized sweaters are thus regularly part of her collections. She punctuates her lines with more feminine pieces, with asymmetrical bodycon dresses with flashy materials that she twists with vintage-looking heeled boots. Moreover, it is in a eco-responsible approach that it launched, in 2021, its vintage shopping platform. The strength of the creator? Avoid surfing on trends, to create your own. Very invested in her work, Isabel Marant has slowed down the pace for a few months. Recently, she told the Wall Street Journal working only four days a week, to have time to devote to his second passion: ceramics. By never losing sight of the desire to create.