Maison Martin Margiela, the house of Belgian born design Martin Margiela, has always been obsessed with the concept deconstruction. They like to re-invent everything, mess with proportions, show the linings, seams and hems of their garments, and building couture out of everyday objects. They think outside the box, they have fun, and we’ve always been big fans of the house, their aesthetic and its famously anonymous creator.
The very essence of the label is evident all over their ground breaking Fall 2000 ready-to-wear collection. The oversized and proportioned aspect of all the garments stuns at first, but it all comes together perfectly in the end. What the French call ”la mode du XXL” was Margiela’s raison d’être!
One thing that Margiela has always done perfectly is coats! Whether they’re oversized or perfectly tailored, Margiela coats feel amazing and they look good with everything, because of their basic, neutral flair. That being said, when you’re wearing a Margiela coat, you don’t need to wear much else, it’s your statement and it’s all anybody will be looking at.
When Margiela collaborated with fashion giant H&M in 2012, the house chose to recreate some of their most iconic pieces for the collection, instead of designing new garments. Some of the most fun pieces from the H&M collaboration are taken directly from Margiela’s Fall 2000 show, including the amazing oversized and remixed jeans shown below.
Maison Martin Margiela is now known only as Maison Margiela, since designer John Galliano took the reigns as creative director of the house in October 2014. Galliano’s aesthetic is similar to Margiela’s in the sense that it’s very out there and he can get very conceptual, but it’s different in many other ways. The first collections he did for the label looked like him testing the waters a bit. We’re very excited to see what comes next, when Galliano lets his creative juices get the better of him.
For us Maison Margiela has always signified fun, daring and anti-establishment. Not everything in their ready-to-wear collections is actually ready to wear, but that’s what we love about them, the dream, the creativeness and the audacity.
Are you a fan of Martin Margiela? Did you enjoy the Fall 2000 ready-to-wear collection? Let us know!