April 20 2014

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58 posts tagged "Maison Martin Margiela"

Margiela Teams Up With an All-American All-Star


Nicola Formichetti

It takes a lot for anything to stand out in fashion week’s frenzy of parties and press releases. But a collaboration between Converse and Maison Martin Margiela does just that. The classic All-Star and Jack Purcell kicks have been generously coated in Margiela’s iconic white paint. With time, the paint wears away to expose the color beneath.

Last night, despite the general sense of fatigue permeating every single human interaction, a crowd turned out to fete the marriage of the all-American and the French avant-garde at the Swiss Institute. Guests snacked on Brooklyn’s Dough doughnuts and spring rolls—served in appropriately irreverent Chinese takeout containers—and danced to the deejay beats of Glenn O’Brien. The downtown paragon clued us in on his playlist: Jean-Michel Basquiat with Rammellzee, Spoonie Gee, and Naughty By Nature’s “O.P.P.”—a crowd favorite.

Across the space, Nicola Formichetti marveled at one of the many pieces of installation art: Converse All-Stars floating in a canal of white paint, laces frozen midair. “I was like, How did they do that?, so I touched it…I thought they chopped the shoes [off]. You don’t get surprised so often. We see so much stuff online and at shows and events, and I really get like—whoa!—but they’ve still got it, the house of Margiela and Converse. They’ve still got it.”

Photos: Neil Rasmus/
Photos: Neil Rasmus/

“Applause,” Please: Brandon Maxwell Talks Styling Lady Gaga’s Latest Video


Just in case you haven’t gotten your fill of Lady Gaga’s paint-smeared face, it’s back in the video for “Applause,” the first single to (officially) drop from the singer’s forthcoming album, Artpop. Fittingly, for the woman devoted to living her life as a live-action editorial shoot, the video was directed by fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who also shot Artpop‘s cover and Gaga’s four September V covers. “For me, it was one of the most memorable experiences that we’ve ever had,” Gaga’s stylist, Brandon Maxwell, told when asked about working with the photographers. Of course, the clothes—like an archival John Galliano gown accessorized with duct tape and safety-pin baubles by Mathieu Mirano, and Valentino Couture lingerie paired with Alaïa boots—added to the excitement.

“The concept was really, What would you do for the applause?” explained Maxwell. Donning a custom Gareth Pugh pillow gown (which explodes around a black catsuit by Mila Schön) and a Maison Martin Margiela Couture jacket (Gaga wears it atop a mirror-and-pin costume conceived by her sister, Natali Germanotta) seems a good place to start. However, Maxwell stressed that some of Gaga’s most memorable looks boast a DIY touch. “Nobody loves clothes and couture more than Gaga, but I think some of her most famous costumes are things that she made with her own two hands,” asserted the stylist. “So there are parts of the video that are incredible for fashion people—like, I was basically crying during that whole Galliano scene. But she has a huge fan base, and I like to choose pieces—whether they’re off the runway or made by us—that some of these kids can make at home.” This time around, those items included seashell pasties; a floating bikini bottom that Gaga’s in-house Renaissance man, Perry Meek, assembled from fresh flowers, glue, and string; and a surreal top by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac shaped to look as though two gloved hands are grasping Gaga’s breasts. The pop star also wears assemblage-style wings—fashioned from broken umbrella spokes—by L.A.-based Junker Designs. Continue Reading ““Applause,” Please: Brandon Maxwell Talks Styling Lady Gaga’s Latest Video” »

Three’s a Trend: Branching Out


Branched Couture looks from Valentino, Maison Martin Margiela, and Zuhair Murad  At the Fall ’13 Couture shows, a trio of houses uprooted the bright and breezy blossoms we’ve seen of late (just take a look through the recent Resort ’14 and menswear shows, and you’ll see what we’re talking about) for a more subdued, somewhat edgier take on flora: branch and stem motifs.

Zuhair Murad printed leafless twigs across a number of dramatic gowns (above, right), evoking a pop-noir winter wonderland of sorts. In its chimerically zany collection of repurposed vintage, Swarovski spikes, and yet more Kanye-favored face masks, Maison Martin Margiela showed a fuchsia column overlaid with embroidered wildflower stems (above, center). And, lastly, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli produced a dazzling cosmos of natural-world-inspired wares at Valentino. Here, it was coral that reached around heavy brocade (above, left) and crawled up silk insets. Sure, coral is technically fauna, but its sinewy offshoots are branches nonetheless.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Valentino); Marcus Tondo/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Maison Martin Margiela); Alessandro Viero/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Zuhair Murad)

H&M Taps Isabel Marant


Isabel Marant takes a bow after her Fall '13 collectionMark your calendars—this morning, H&M announced that it has tapped Parisian designer and industry favorite Isabel Marant for its Fall ’14 designer collaboration. Set to hit stores on November 14, the collection will consist of clothing and accessories for women and teens, as well as the designer’s first attempt at menswear. “I really tried to do the essence of my style. [The range] is an ideal wardrobe that you can do a lot with,” said the designer in a video for the high-street label (below), noting that she’s inspired by her native city. “The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be combined following one’s own instincts, and my take on fashion is all about personality,” offered Marant in a press release. In the past, H&M, whose coveted collaborations sell out almost instantly, has teamed up with labels and brands such as Karl Lagerfeld, Marni, Comme des Garçons, and Versace. For Fall, the retailer seems to be continuing on the track of its most recent collection with Maison Martin Margiela—a brand that sends ardent fashion followers into a frenzy but is less widely known than a house like Lanvin or Stella McCartney, both of which have collaborated with H&M in the past. Marant’s collection will be available online and in 250 stores worldwide this fall. We’re looking forward to seeing new iterations of her signature savvy boho staples.

Photo: Filippo Fior/ InDigital/GoRunway

Shop the Look: Rhapsody in Blues


Shop the Look: Rhapsody in BluesAs temperatures escalate, so does our yearning for cerulean waters, a cloudless sky, and all things azure. Lucky for us, it seems designers have a case of the summer blues, too. Acne Studios’ ultramodern minidress and Bao Bao Issey Miyake’s geometric tote showcased the shade in futuristic fashion, while Yves Saint Laurent paid homage to art history with a lacquer in Majorelle blue. From royal to baby, cool off with these blue hues from Maison Martin Margiela, Jonathan Saunders, and more, below.

1. Acne Studios minidress, $1,250, available at

2. Jonathan Saunders top, $846, available at

3. Bao Bao Issey Miyake tote, $495, available at

4. Yves Saint Laurent nail polish, $25, available at

5. Maison Martin Margiela boots, $995, available at

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