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As Paris Fashion Week finishes for another season, read our review of the Roland Mouret and Isabel Marant shows.

Roland Mouret

Roland Mouret’s dedicated followers have grown accustomed to the basic ingredients that make up his collections: angular origami silhouettes, body-conscious fits and sharp graphic prints.

Alongside a legion of his fellow designers, Mouret looked to the nineties for inspiration for his Spring Summer 2014 range. Shapes were minimal, lines were clean and colours were bold.

Statement geometric prints were layered upon structured dresses with black mesh and leather panels; humbug stripes appearing like gaffer tape across cropped tops, pencil skirts and accessories, giving a more directional aesthetic to the collection.

Neon pink, turquoise, yellow and cobalt popped out from the stark black and white background; the crisp and fresh colour palette adding to the 1990s ambience. The sharply tailored jackets, bandage straps and low-slung waists further cemented the nostalgia, although with a thoroughly contemporary edge.

Isabel Marant

As the brand’s reputation has soared, we have learnt what to expect from an Isabel Marant collection; it’s the winning formula of romance meets toughness that has led to the cult of devoted fans that return every season.

With the much-hyped H&M collaboration on the horizon, the French designer looked to her roots for her Spring Summer 2014 range; presenting a nonchalant cool collection of easy-to-wear garments that would easily fit into the wardrobes of both hip young Parisians and contemporary women across the world.

Feminine ruffled blouses in pale pink and grey juxtaposed low-slung trousers laced up the side and tiny denim cut-off shorts. Strong shouldered blazer jackets were casually slung over wispy white lace dresses with miniscule hem lines; worn with confidence.

Shoes are often a talking point of Marant’s collections, added to waiting lists months in advance. This season saw a fusion of pretty Mary-Jane’s and statement ankle boots, embellished with rivets to add a rock chic edge. 

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