An era of burning desires

AP/ AFP – Fashion ‘rebels’ Debbie Harry of Blondie and singer Kim Wilde were cited as inspirations for French designer Isabel Marant’s spring-summer collection, which sparkled with ’80s shimmer and bright statement colour.

The fun, girly looks — such mini-shorts, a one-shouldered skintight purple glitter dress and a pair of shimmering high-waisted lamé culottes in brilliant lavender — didn’t seem to reference the resistance and aggression seen by other designers responding to the uncertain times.

At this house, Marant said that her response was “a burning desire to go out, dance and escape”. The large leather cowboy style boots channeled the decade of excess — but this collection imitated that era’s styles, more than innovating its own.