Only 19 years ago, Isabel Marant was the secret of industry insiders and hyper–cool Parisians lounging around le Marais. This week, Marant became the latest designer to collaborate with high-street favorite H&M. The collection, which includes jewelry and accessories, features almost exact replicas of trademark pieces such as tuxedo-inspired blazers, tie-dyed jeans, beaded cropped jackets, whipstitched leather pants, étoile prints, and the signature cowboy-fringed boots that brought the 2000s to their knees, with mellow patterns and slouchy, bohemian cuts as common denominators. The collection was sold out in stores upon its release to the public at eight o’clock yesterday morning, and within minutes of its launch online, also crashing H&M’s website. So far, only the true athletes among us have been able to purchase the garments draping models Alek Wek, Malgosia Bela, Lou Doillon (who may have been born for the job), and the face of the collection, Milla Jovovich.
As both a consolation and a hope sent out into the world for an inventory reissue, we’ve selected our favorite picks.