I've been waiting for the Daryl dress with bated breath. It's similar to the one I'd purchased from Karen Walker years ago which I've worn to bits. The crew neckline, longer sleeves and loose fit is flattering to those of us who don't have the perfect model thin figure and balk at having to show off our bat wings aka flabby arms. I tried the dress in my usual size 38 and it fits well around the arms and chest. Do not attempt to wear the Daryl with a pair of sneakers - like me. It would look far more fabulous with a pair of K Jacques sandals.
The raw silk material is actually rather luxurious without being too sheer. I would still stick to nude underwear though. The deep blue embroidery reminds me of the beach. It's a simple yet striking shift dress which is ridiculously easy to put on. Most importantly, the dress has pockets! That's always a big plus in my book.
It's such a shame that the store ran out of size 34 but like all Isabel Marant's over-sized coats, they run big. You would need to go at least 1 to 2 sizes down. I was wearing a size 38 but as you can see, I felt AND looked like a caterpillar in a cocoon. Wear the wrong size and you'll look like you're at least 6 months pregnant, particularly if you've got boobs.
Personally, I like the coat. It's eye-catching, thanks to its retro design. Keep your top and pants neutral as you would a blank canvas and let the Aude blanket coat be the ensemble's centerpiece. Like the Alika coat, it comes in 3 colorways - burgundy, navy and grey.
I have pretty high expectations for the Gilly parka. After all, I spent the entire spring and summer last year being rather attached to mine which came from the previous Etoile Isabel Marant collection. The Gilly is just so wrong from every angle. You've got to be tall and skinny like a giraffe to pull this off. The bat wing sleeves and the overly loose fit do not flatter the normal sized woman. I tried pulling the drawstrings to get a more tapered waist to no avail. I felt like a midget linebacker with large shoulders.
Etoile Isabel Marant Moonlight sweater (also available in different colors and prints here, here and here)
Some people are addicted to chocolates, others would pass out at the sight of a Chanel black boucle jacket, I have a weakness for sweatshirts. Most of my friends are thoroughly sick of my Isabel Marant leopard print sweater which I wear at least 3-4 times a week. Etoile Isabel Marant Moonlight sweater is a little narrower and cropped compared to the sweatshirts from her previous collection. I love the fleece lining which is essential for those of us who live in the northern hemisphere. What's the point of wearing a sweater if it's not to keep you warm?
Etoile Isabel Marant Moonlight sweater is true to size (I'm wearing size 38 here) but go up a size if you prefer a more slouchy fit. The material isn't as thick which is some ways a good thing as you could easily wear it under a more fitted coat.
I'm a fan of 3/4 sleeves. After all, it's slimming and offers plenty of opportunity for arm swag. I'm particular about my blazers. I like the shoulders to sit just right as this will influence how the blazer will fit on my body. I'm wearing a size 38 here and it's a perfect fit. It's a lightweight jacket - simple, classic and timeless.
I thought I'd give the linen jersey t-shirt a go. The scratchy and super sheer fabric was miles apart from my linen baseball tee (S/S 2012?). I had to double check the fabric tag as I was so sure the darn thing was made of woven hay. I couldn't get it off fast enough. Secondly, the fit. I was wearing the large size which has a concave waist designed for those who have a 22-24 inch waist. Let me repeat this again. I was wearing a LARGE and it was tight around my waist. Pffffffft.