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August 20 2014

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62 posts tagged "Maison Martin Margiela"

Runway to Red Carpet: ‘Tis the Season for Parties, Premieres, and a Christmas Spectacular

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Julia Roberts and Meryl StreepWith Christmas less than a week away, the celebrity set’s calendars are brimming with holiday parties that call for lots of glitz and glamour. On Sunday Anna Kendrick hosted TNT’s annual Christmas in Washington spectacular, which brought out notables including Sheryl Crow and even the First Family. Kendrick chose an ivory velvet J. Mendel gown with a strapless V-cut bodice for the event, while FLOTUS opted for a tailored white Resort ’13 J. Mendel jacket embroidered with silver and a white pleated skirt.

On the party circuit, Florence Welch attended Love magazine’s Christmas party on Tuesday in London in sheer black lace pants and a capelike top from Marios Schwab’s Spring ’14 runway. Miley Cyrus took to the red carpet on Friday evening for New York’s Jingle Ball concert, pairing a Spring ’14 MM6 Maison Martin Margiela sleeveless tuxedo blouse with Maison Martin Margiela Fall ’13 black high-waisted pants with yellow stripes painted down the sides.

While most businesses are closed on Christmas Day, it has become tradition for a handful of blockbusters to hit theaters. (What better way to entertain yourself after opening that sweater from Grandma?) Among this year’s buzzed-about December 25 releases is August: Osage County, starring A-listers Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep. The duo posed on the red carpet together during Monday’s L.A. premiere, with Roberts in a tuxedo-inspired Givenchy ensemble and Streep sporting a white knee-length Gucci wool frock.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Is It Time To Celebrate, Not Lament, Fashion’s Revolving Door?

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How much does it matter who's behind the Margiela mask?The rumor mill is churning again today, with a choice bit of unconfirmed gossip: Wags are wondering if London designer Marios Schwab isn’t lending a hand to the famously anonymous Maison Martin Margiela. Margiela himself exited the company in 2009, and ever since there have been rumors and reports of other designers—most recently former Céline hand Ivana Omazic—guiding the design team. The Margiela team’s only comment was that it does not communicate on who its designers are, and, in the words of WWD, “characterizing its studio as a creative collective with members of long standing that it feeds regularly with new contributors.”

While the impetus to unmask single design geniuses is an understandable one, it may be a model that’s falling out of date. It begs the question: Should we always have one designer to point to, or is a more team-spirited approach the better way? Certainly Margiela has been on an upswing these last few seasons.

The Maison is not alone in adopting, happily, a revolving door mentality. When Christopher Kane left Versus, Donatella Versace opted not to hire a single designer in his place, but to invite a series of guests to try their hands. (First up, J.W. Anderson; second, M.I.A.) And in a recent editorial on the fate of Jil Sander after the departure (again) of Jil Sander, Cathy Horyn wondered aloud if the best practice wouldn’t be to build a strong design team. It’s not hard to imagine that being refreshed with new talent as talent arrives.

Something to think about, as several large houses—from Louis Vuitton to Sander—go, for the moment, without single stewards.

Photo: Gianni Pucci / InDigital | GoRunway

Model Ming Xi Adds Buyer to Her Résumé

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Ming XiMing Xi has been a top catwalker for several years now, but this season, the major Chinese model reversed roles and sat in the front row at several Paris shows, including Kenzo and Maison Martin Margiela, as a guest buyer and consultant for Hong Kong boutique I.T. Like Tommy Ton and his ilk, who often snap her the streets, the renowned Asian retailer can’t get enough of her eclectic personal style, and trusted her discerning eye. Here, Xi shares some exclusive snapshots from her front-row view and subsequent visits to the designers’ showrooms (where she doubled as her own fit model) exclusively with Style.com. She also called out some of her favorite pieces (with a little translation help from her agent at The Society). “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience because I just love the industry as a whole and hope that people will be positively influenced by my viewpoints, choices, and style,” Xi told us. Have a look at Paris fashion week through Ming Xi’s eyes, below.

Models at Kenzo

A group shot of models on a pedestal at Kenzo.

Kenzo

“The appearance of ukiyo-e prints on the coat and the capri pants gives the look a wonderful nomadic sensibility.” Continue Reading “Model Ming Xi Adds Buyer to Her Résumé” »

North West Gets Dressed

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Givenchy babyKimYe naysayers take heed. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who showed face (but not the bedazzled kind) front row at Riccardo Tisci’s Spring Givenchy show, seem to have garnered some fashion clout (Klout?). Thanks to some combination of Kanye’s early embrace of Tisci’s collections, his recent capsule for A.P.C., and the Alexander Wang name-drop in his new album, as well as Kim’s surprising Givenchy-clad appearance at this year’s Met Gala and her grill-toothed CR Fashion Book cover, have caught the attention of the fashion industry’s elite. And Kim’s recent take to Instagram is a sure sign that baby North West will follow in Mommy and Daddy’s footsteps. Earlier this morning, the seasoned selfie snapper revealed photos of Nori’s new custom clothing, designed and gifted by Phoebe Philo, Maison Martin Margiela, Alber Elbaz, Alexander Wang, and Riccardo Tisci. Fast-forward to street-style shots starring North West, Blue Ivy, and Alai Wang.

Margiela Teams Up With an All-American All-Star

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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/BFANYC.com
Photos: Neil Rasmus/BFANYC.com