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If there's anything that fashion world people are fascinated by, it's those within their own ranks that have risen to success and fame without conforming to specific beauty and style ideals. Isabel Marant is such a designer, described by the Wall Street Journal in a new profile as a "bohemian," with a "large, toothy mouth" and brown hair streaked with gray that's pulled into a "messy bun." She wears no makeup, her refuge is a cabin outside of Paris with no electricity or running water and she rolls her own cigarettes. Of her look, she says, "I'm not this goddess of fashion—I'm low profile. I look like a delivery guy. I drive my scooter and always have my helmet on. When people meet me, they think this cannot be her, because I look like a bum."
The article only briefly mentions Marant's upcoming H&M collaboration, instead focusing on the designer's life and greatest hits. "Usually my favorite is what is going to sell," she says of her designs, citing the Bobby wedge sneaker and the Dicker ankle boot. She touches upon the sneaker wedge knockoffs, remarking that it's annoying, flattering and exhausting all at once. "What I don't like is that it spreads your style everywhere," she said. "Something you are doing gets old in a minute."
Marant doesn't reveal too much about her future plans, only cautioning that although business is booming she doesn't want to become overexposed. "If I open everywhere, then it becomes common." Guess H&M doesn't count?
· The Cult of Isabel Marant [WSJ]
· Woot! Here's a Sneak Peek of Isabel Marant's H&M Collab [Racked]
· H&M Names Isabel Marant For Next Designer Collaboration [Racked]
· Meet Isabel Marant's Freshly Updated Wedge Sneaker [Racked]