Maison Martin Margiela- Je T'aime
I don’t know about the rest of you…but to me there is most certainly nothing wrong with a carefully selected colour palette, and in my eyes no one does this better than Maison Martin Margiela. The palest of greys, white on white on white… and a good splash of black to edge things up, to me, is ideal. It’s not that I am SCARED of colour, (I can hear you thinking!) Sometimes I think its just best to keep it simple, particularly when the clothes are cut and tailored as beautifully as those of Belgian design house Maison Martin Margiela. Why cry for attention via some obscure shade of tangerine, when every fold of off-white speaks for itself?
The concept of ‘Deconstructivism’ rules every creative mind within the team at Margiela, clothes often appearing on the runway with one leg wider/longer than the other… hems ripped open, seams in awkward places and linings on the outside of garments. What may appear aesthetically as irreverent, is all meticulously designed and crafted, such effort put into the creation of something trying oh-so-hard to be effortless. Kind of backwards, but that’s why I love it.
A recent trip to Paris allowed me the pleasure of visiting the only store in the country, tucked away from all the glamorous and chic Chanels and Diors… Margiela, located at 23 Rue de Montpensier (for those of you wanting to take a peek for yourselves!) was exactly as I dreamed. Nirvana, white washed EVERYTHING, the house’s legendary trompe l’oiel wallpaper giving the illusion that the tiny space was a palace. Ok… maybe not a palace, but the interior as whole was the perfect balance of pared back minimalism with obscure antiquity. All topped off with the staff in their white lab coats, brilliant!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the work of Margiela, this week I am taking a little trip along memory lane, recapping some of my favourite pieces from collections past and present. Accompanied with some of my snaps from the shop’s surroundings, I invite you to enjoy (and hopefully appreciate as much as I do!) the Master that is Maison Martin Margiela.
S/W 2012 RTW
Au révoir, for now!