Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 14: Maison Martin Margiela
Arts and crafts...manship
As the third day of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week takes place, one of fashion's most unpredictable designers has suprised us once again with a beautiful crafted collection that features an ecclectic mix of iconic sayings and objects fused with rich handwork and a restructured twist.
The Belgium designer unveiled 20 breathtaking looks, as each model walked down the runway – sporting Maison Martin Margiela's trademark face masks – clothes went from white tailored pants paired with floral jacquard-style jackets to strapless beaded patchwork dresses.
The opening looks were kept simple and clean as Margeila focused on the asymmetrical silhouettes, sliced up shapes and warm colour palette. By the end of the colourful presentation, looks came alive with embriodery and references towards iconic pop culture and Margiela's archives.
Key peices included an 'I love you' red party balloon which was reinterpreted in crystal embroidery to become a backless bustier and a giant beaded lobster, which dangled over a the model's shoulder. Even the face masks became richer in texture and embellishment – paired with silk bomber jackets that were tied at the waist with black ribbons.
Epitomising the word artisanal, Margeila took the world of couture to a whole new level today, from his embroidered golden 'Fabergé' face mask to a floor-length dresses stitched together from multi-colour patchwork pieces, clothes weren't just pieces of fabric anymore they were peices of art.