From medieval-inspired patterns and temporary tattoo-esque tops to an assortment of knick-knacks (picture paperclip and pearl detailing on the same mini dress), eyeball arm warmers, and an Egyptian headdress – oh, and let’s not forget the fetish of the house, the masks – the Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2014 Couture collection read like a scrapbook of evocative mementos. To be blunt, it reminded me of an episode of Hoarders – and that’s not a jab.
Much like the reality television series, the design team achieved the highly sought-after “did-you-see-that” effect this season. However, the collection, unlike the show, will remain relevant due to its lush silhouettes, most notably in the form of the ankle-length coats and wide-legged trousers, as well as the seductive embroideries and strapless gowns. In other words, the potpourri of details and inspirations felt adequately grounded by the construction of the garments and, as such, the collection oozed organized chaos, serving to further nourish the brand’s playfully-weird-meets-elegant trope.
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