Maison Martin Margiela has left behind its deconstructionist ways in favor of reconstruction. Materials for Margiela’s Fall 2013 Couture collection were sourced from all over the globe and patchworked together in an organically brilliant display that kept the code of Margiela while interpreting the brand for a new era of fashion. It is with this kind of democratic assembly that pieces from the 1930s Beijing Opera or a vintage prom dress regain relevance on the couture runway.
It looks like the Margiela mask is on its way toward becoming one of the more iconic looks in modern high fashion. This time around, it came in various forms – either knit, covered in mosaic tiles, impregnated with candy-colored baubles, sequin-studded, or fur-bound. An asymmetrical latex top, paired with blue latex trousers, makes an irreverent political statement. Maison Martin Margiela softens the tone with frothy babydoll dresses decorated with oversized flowers along the hem. With the mask in place, the message is conveyed as one of silent disapproval. Off-kilter silk dresses pair blossoms in an Asian motif with more tropical florals. The Asian theme is seen again on two of the closing looks – long, wrapped jackets with silky embroidery and a kimono cut. This artisanal take on reconstruction is a far cry from the origins of the garments. On the Margiela runway, they are literally transformed into some of the most prized and pricey clothing in the world.
Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway