Martin Margiela

Autumn-Winter 2011/12 –  The ever dark and mystical Margiela showed his collection in a bare, industrial building. His models walked eerily slow emphasising the psychotic facade the brand seems to possess. Deconstructed clothes have become a strong motif and one of the reasons for Margiela’s fame.This time was no exception and, as we expected, the clothes were not what they seemed. Simplistic clothing, like dresses and skirt suits made from cashmere and pony skin, had zips rather than seams. When left undone, the zips created new angles and revealed replica versions of the clothing beneath. A tier of colour was thus created with navy under grey, indigo under blue and plum under red. Large leather coats unzipped at the side to reveal paisley floral prints adding a litter edge to the sombre affair. There was neoprene dresses and leather boots were knee-high. The sleeping-bag like clothes were so different from what Margiela has done yet so stereotypical, a confusing paradox  perhaps, but one we are willing to grapple with.

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Written by Zoe Garton

Zoe Garton was one of the first contributors to the Catwalk Yourself project. She has a fervour for fashion and graduated with a BA (Hons) in History at University College London. Zoe is responsible for our Ready-to-Wear and Haute Couture sections.

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