Maison Martin Margiela Fall Winter 2012 Haute Couture
What is one way to cut the costs of a haute couture show? Cover the high priced models faces and hire no names who are equally as beautiful. Another would be to use recycled materials for the collection. Another still would be not to have a show at all… but that might equate to a smaller sell-through so that last one is out of the question but apparently the other two were fitting for the Maison Martin Margiela couture collection.
The line was a harsh mix of new age surrealism and a vintage tossed salad. Martin Margiela used old baseball gloves for the antique leather look that made up the shrugs some of the masked models wore. He borrowed lace from all over Paris to craft the wide-legged pants and loose fitting skirts, used vintage doorknobs from random condemned buildings in NYC and took apart a sailboat and snagged the clear sail for his finale look. Hearing all this certainly makes one wonder if he knows what he is doing…
But having studied under Jean Paul Gaultier and after running the house of Hermes, his vision is vast and wide but it is fashion, and he can be referred to as a visionary. His near reclusive behavior coupled with his outrageous designs make him an oddity in the fashion world but a celebrated designer none-the-less.
The theme of taking what isn’t typically couture, and turning it into couture is sweeping the fashion world. First at the Christian Dior show where Raf Simons (who was also present at the Margiela show) showed his first show and took a more casual road, now Martin has taken the idea to new heights with his out of this world reinventions of random vintage items. What will his clients think? Are they used to his inspired visions?
What do you think?