ISABEL MARANT’S ICONS
STRONG WOMEN ( AND A RUGGED DUDE) INSPIRED THE DESIGNER’S FIRST MAKEUP COLLECTION
1. HER MOTHER, HER STEPMOTHER, AND HER NANNY
“I was raised by three different women, and the mix really made me who I am,” says Marant, who grew up in Paris. The “simple” style of her mother (above, with Marant as a child) contrasted with that of her stepmother, who “wore a lot of makeup” and dressed in Yves Saint Laurent. Her nanny’s knack for piecing together surprising outfits was “weird but inspiring.”
2. CLINT EASTWOOD IN THE GOOD, THE BAD AND
THE UGLY Marant admires “the attitude and fearless vibe” of Westerns so much that she showed fringe, belts, and oversize boots in her fall ready-to-wear collection and incorporated dark, dusty colors into her shadow palette (above).
3. LIYA KEBEDE When dreaming up her versatile makeup line, Marant kept a certain type of person in mind: “She’s a strong woman who doesn’t need to be told what she should do.” Kebede, who fronts the campaign, “represents that girl but also [ has] a lot of empathy for others.”
4. PATTI SMITH “I was very rebellious when I was young,” Marant says. “I was not interested in fashion; I was very mannish, a tomboy. I was hating all that was too feminine.” Today, she says, “I find my style quite androgynous but also feminine.” As a child, Marant wanted to be the songwriter Patti Smith. “I would hide my eyes with my hair like [ her] so nobody would see me.”
5. KAZU MAKINO She’s tough yet has “a lot of fragility,” Marant says of the vocalist for the alternative-rock band Blonde Redhead. “She inspires me through her music.”
6. ANNA EWERS The German model, who opened Marant’s fall show, is a longtime muse. “She radiates confidence and happiness. She’s a real girl.”
Marant collaborated with L’oréal Paris on 11 limitededition products, including a killer smoky-eye-shadow kit, a highlighting balm, and a lip-and-cheek tint.