I have to admit I have some beef with clutches. Seriously, how many do you own, and how often do you use them? They’re oh-so-pretty in principle, but can really only come into play for fancy events where you’ll have a place to safely stash your clutch for the evening. Otherwise, sucks to be you, balancing a glass of champagne in one hand, squeezing your purse inside your armpit, all while trying to shake with a new acquaintance. Maison Martin Margiela‘s new Box Clutch isn’t doing much to convince us to tote the free-form accessory more often. Can you imagine trying to manage this super long hard case throughout a night?
I say: Go for a clutch with an optional chain detail that you can stuff into the purse body or take out to sling over your shoulder when you get fed up (five whole minutes later). [StyleFrizz] Keep reading »
We get it, Margiela: You like to be “conceptual.” But when that starts translating to borderline-offensive things like expensive duct tape jeans, which look like they’re about to fall apart, we have to ask what the point is. Margiela’s latest creation is a pair of paint-splattered sneakers made exclusively for Barneys. Inspired by the working-class man? Hardly. [HighSnobiety]
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$300 ripped jeans we have come to accept. Understand? Not so much. But these? Altogether unforgivable. Brought to you by Martin Margiela, these shredded, duct-taped pants look like they went through the garbage disposal and then were pieced back together. We’re sure they come with a price tag that’s just as hideous, too.
Our best guess as to why these even exist: a Margiela intern’s mistake? [Kingdom of Style] Keep reading »
Black leather is back in the form of bleggings and all manner of accessories and now, full-on shirts. While there are plenty of choices for ladies to shimmy into this suffocating trend, this weekend, Margiela presented an option for the leather-curious man. Finally! [Style.com] Keep reading »
I remain largely unimpressed by the phenom that is the celebrity perfume. I’ve yet to smell one that appeals to me personally, and when it comes to exploring the seemingly limitless olfactory outer regions, they rarely go beyond your standard, perfectly palatable to 12-year-olds, cloying floral. Many designer perfumes, on the other hand, tend to titillate the senses in the way that a great fragrance should. Coco Chanel herself set the standard with No. 5, and more contemporary blends from Issey Miyake, Costume National, Narciso Rodriguez and Viktor & Rolf all manage to continue the heritage by lending their more complex design sensibilities to create intricate, alluring scents that will stick around as timeless classics far after Paris Hilton is no longer a tabloid staple.
Margiela, this better be good. Keep reading »
The always enigmatic Maison Martin Margiela has hung out a shingle on Yoox as of this week, and the collection features this totally insane, handmade, partially backless disco ball top. This is not some sequin covered number from Hot Topic, mind you, but a series of tiny mirrored squares that form an asymmetrical shirt capable of blinding anyone within a 50-foot radius, one imagines. If that doesn’t kill the fashion competition, you could point out how much it cost: a whopping $10,995. (Part of the proceeds go to charity, natch.) [Racked] Keep reading »
Though Martin Margiela is a huge recluse, the brand is getting a very recognizable face, in the form of Michael Stipe from R.E.M. He’s designed a silver microcassette as a form of jewelry. But the really fun part with this is that he’s leaving it all up to the wearer. Fashion it like a necklace, use it on a headband, attach it to your shoelaces — it’s all up to your creativity. “The microcassette can not be defined as either a piece of jewelery or an art object,” a Margiela spokesperson said. “It’s both and neither at the same time. It can be worn or displayed in any way the wearer and owner desires.”
If you’re interested, you better move fast. Only 199 were made. [British Vogue] Keep reading »
While some designers, like Karl Lagerfeld, love to take center stage — he’s even translated his life and iPod obsession into a documentary –Martin Margiela is quite the opposite.
He prefers to stay hidden in the shadows. So hidden, in fact, that most blogs use a question mark in place of a picture for him, because there’s only one known image of the designer (published in The New York Times). But his secretive lifestyle doesn’t stop the fashion crowd who live for his surrealist creations and edgy, conversation-provoking pieces. Keep reading »
Crazy shoes. They’re all the rage! Last week, we admired Rodarte‘s urban glamazon heels that could have been made from leftover parts found at the local mechanic’s. Yesterday in Milan, Miuccia Prada debuted a series of Lucite and plastic chandelier shoes with a rainbow of heel colors and swinging crystals. Equipped with what looks to be a velcro strap, the Prada footwear looks somewhat comfy — at least they didn’t send the models tumbling, as did Rodarte’s Nicholas Kirkwood stilettos. After the jump, two more highlights of the over-the-top heels trend! Keep reading »
We get it, Martin Margiela. You like to think outside of the box, you’re a non-conformist (as evidenced by your recent cray-cray couture creation). But must you insist on being so out there that your new sunglasses have practically no form at all? From the Fall/Winter 09 collection, these men’s shades are more like a windshield for your face. For the price of nearly half a grand, you could probably just as easily bend some plexiglass over your face. [Colette.fr] Keep reading »