Human touch is one of the most-missed parts of life during the pandemic. Isabel Marant picked up on that primal need during her spring ’21 collection show at Paris Fashion Week, having her models turn the runway into a flash mob disco that included hugging, dancing and all of the things that people are not allowed to do right now in real life.
Held outdoors at the Palais Royale, Marant’s spring ’21 show had much of the same design codes that the French designer is known for: There were flirty minidresses, frilly accents, a sexy-chic silhouettes and the Western-esque boots and sneakers that have made her a household footwear name.
But this season, there were even more frills, even more hot pants. A palette of pinks dotted the collection, a hue that other designers like Rick Owens have also used to convey a spirit of optimism for and hope for joy in 2021.
There was also joy in the movement of the show. With each model that walked the runway, a team of dancers flanked her or him, breaking out into a series of movement sequences. The dancers wore metallic athleisure looks along with Marant’s signature sneakers. Eventually, the dancers began hugging and dancing in pairs, creating a disco floor on the outdoor plaza of the Palais Royale.