SHE'S the favourite downtime designer of stars across the world, but do you know all the pieces you may be wearing today that are thanks to Isabel Marant?
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Although she has never proclaimed herself a fashion innovator, Marant makes subtle tweaks and changes to classic pieces - a small lift inside a high-top trainer that elongates the leg, an oversized boyfriend jumper cut small on the shoulders and neck to flatter your shape - that elevate a simple basic to a lust-worthy must-have. From a humble sweatshirt, to a low-heeled pump, to a leather trouser, Marant sends pieces on to her catwalk each season that the stars can't wait to wear and the high street can't wait to copy.
So who is the Isabel Marant girl? She likes: shoes that make her feet look ever so slightly larger and therefore make her legs appear lean and lengthened to almost equine proportions; anything slightly undone, crumpled, worn in or vintage; pops of colour on a background of neutrals - red leather trousers are allowed as long as the rest is black or white; beads, tassles, and anything a little bit cowboy. The IM girl does not like: artifice (of any kind): formal eveningwear (as decreed by their leader); an excess of any make-up except black eyeliner; blow-dries (hair must be mussed); trends.
Her tribe includes models - from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Gisele Bundchen to Miranda Kerr and Alessandra Ambrosio - as well as a who's who of cool girls worldwide, think Kate Bosworth, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Beyoncé Knowles and Rachel Bilson.