• Text  Alex James Taylor
  • 2nd October 2020

Night to remember

With music fizzing out the speakers and the kind of strobe lighting that makes flailing limbs appear like a dramatic Hollywood scene, Isabel Marant reminded us of life pre-Corona. Of midnight abandon and dance floor hedonism. It’s a freedom we most definitely took for granted, and Marant’s SS21 collection was not just a reminder but a glimmering disco ball light at the end of the tunnel.

“This Spring-Summer 2021 collection translates into silhouettes a need for freedom, space and lightness,” read the press release. “The attitude and clothing feel rebellious. A display of fuchsia, red, blue and silver, prints and fabrics, subdues the dullness. This girl is today’s incarnation of the flamboyant 80 ́s icons, from Debbie Harry to Kim Wilde.”

Marant was guaranteeing a party to remember. Lamé pieces guided the way (including dungarees), flashing past like beautiful pieces of confetti, while silhouettes bounced from party-girl asymmetrical, strapless dresses to sculptural pieces that wrapped around the the top half of the body leaving legs on display (a la Grace Jones – hula hoop not included). Guys strutted in motopants while studded evening-wear evoked Debbie Harry, and hot pants Kylie. On foot, Marant’s signature cowboy boots went interstellar via a Barbarella, sci-fi update.

As for the soundtrack – genius: a remix of Giorgio Moroder’s Donna Summer banger I Feel Love; remember, the track was banned by the BBC for being too damn sexy.