Isabel Marant's Essentials For French Girl Style

There’s a reason fashion aficionados everywhere are lined up outside H&M today, hoping to snag pieces from the highly anticipated Isabel Marant collaboration: the designer is the epitome of cool French girl style. So what’s the secret behind the Isabel Marant girl’s effortlessly chic sensibilities? We have the answer—straight from the designer herself! 

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    In our exclusive interview, Marant reveals the six essentials you should have in your closet now, why she loves Los Angeles, and the piece she’ll be wearing all season long.  

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    For the woman looking to achieve that effortless “French girl style,” what are the six essentials she should have in her closet?
    1. A pair of skinny jeans
    2. A men’s jacket
    3. A linen t-shirt
    4. A pair of boots
    5. A sweater
    6. A checkered shirt

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    PHOTO: Dean Neville/BFAnyc.com, GINO/AKM-GSI

    What are the three things that define the Isabel Marant girl?
    1. Her coolness
    2. Her happy spirit
    3. Her natural chic

    (From left to right: Emmanuelle Alt, Taylor Tomasi Hill, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley)

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    PHOTO: Isabel Marant

    You referenced Los Angeles in a few of your collections. What is it about the city and the people that inspire you most?
    I love the LA cool way of life—it’s more laid back. I'm an American sportswear lover, and I’ve always been inspired by the skateboard, surf, and baseball apparel. Los Angeles is my favorite spot to shop for those kind of clothes.

    Left: Isabel Marant S/S 12; Right: Isabel Marant S/S 11

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    How would you spend your ideal day in L.A.?
    I would start with a nice breakfast at the Farmer's Market. I would go shopping for vintage clothes at Mister Freedom and What Goes Around Comes Around, then have a look at the art galleries I love there: Sam Kaufman and JF Chen. Then I would have dinner with friends in the Hollywood hills.

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    What are you most excited to wear this fall?
    A pair of leather and suede leggings from my winter collection.

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