• She's the designer who has made boho a serious style choice rather than a passing trend. KAY BARRON meets a woman whose lust for life is as irresistible as her clothes

    Photographs by Philip Sinden

    I think of myself as a workaholic during the week and a hippie on the weekends," says Isabel Marant, dismantling a cigarette to make a roll-up. Even under the glass atrium of her Parisian studio, surrounded by stark white walls and diligent staff typing in silence, Marant, sitting cross-legged on a school chair, brings an air of the bohemian to the corporate space. But then it is Friday, and soon she will leave for the weekly trip she makes with her nine-year-old son Tal and handbag-designer husband, Jérôme Dreyfuss, to their no-frills countryside cabin outside the city.

    Top, pants and sandals, all by Isabel Marant; all jewelry, Isabel's own


    NAME: Isabel Marant

    PROFESSION: Designer, Isabel Marant

    MY FAVORITE FOOTWEAR: Always flats when I am working so I can run around. I have four pairs of my favorite black suede boots

    MY FAIL-SAFE PIECES: I wear my own label all the time, new-season pieces mixed with old favorites. I never design something I wouldn't wear myself

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