Florals Get Balmained at Isabel Marant

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There was a universal call-out yesterday of all the designer's who've riffed on Balmain's distinct Fall 08 and Spring 09 designs - the reviews of Christophe Decarnin's Fall 09 clothes called for something new so that all the other houses would have something fresh to copy. With that in mind, it was all the more interesting to watch Isabel Marant's homage walk down the runway this afternoon. Granted, her stiff shouldered mini-jackets started out in colorful tweeds and florals on Erin Wasson and Lily Donaldson, they were black on Lara Stone and Carmen Kass in no time. Beneath them lay navy pants, grey jersey minis and tees, ruched silk skirts, zippered leggings, leopard print flounces and of course thigh-high boots. There was also fur, which looked too fake - even from the fourth row. The great thing about Isabel Marant is that it's wearable and chic, but the shiny leopard pants were trying too hard for the latter. We should have been looking at the collection, instead we were focused on the A-list models and Julia Roitfeld's Christopher Kane sequins.