Maison Martin Margiela Couture Spring 2014
Maison Martin Margiela is definitely Greenpeace’s favorite fashion label. Recycling old junks to haute couture pieces is not a common skill. I adore the brand’s classic spirit and unique roots, but I can’t help but frown at some point because the collection is just bizarre. In fact, I don’t think you can find a normal look in MMM Couture catalogue. Back to recycling old objects to beautiful million dollars gowns, MMM returned with it’s good habit this season. The brand didn’t collect old cans this time, they decided to recycle old fabrics. Old legendary fabrics, to be precise. Some of them belonged to private collection at some museums, the rest of them used to be adored by their possessive collectors.
Let’s take a second to appreciate great jobs MMM’s PR people have done this season. I mean, I am sure you can’t just walk in to one of those collectors houses and ask them to hand their collections. Some transactions, lip-services, wines, good foods, meetings, and promises need to be done for sure.
After finding the perfect fabrics, MMM’s ateliers sewed them onto cheaper fabrics, then proceed to add soda cans, keys, glitters, sequins, and other junks they always use in their collection. The result is a messy mix between high and low couture. Some of you might say that this is a waste of expensive fabrics, but you know couture; Sometimes you have to go bigger than life to create a mere dress.
The show continued with amazing high-low dresses kept on radiating such strange beauty. So strange until I felt it was almost horrifying. White t-shirts with a piece of Mariano Fortuny fabric that took 22 hours of works, tattoo-like top styled with glittering circus pants, simple black dress with giant eye for each sleeve to close the show.
It’s not hard to write ‘beautiful’ or ‘extravagant’ or ‘ultimately creative’ in this review, but the masks are just too creepy for me. They totally ruin the almost-normal atmosphere. Hand-stitched and made carefully by MMM’s fashion experts, the face-masks are just another reminder of horror and extraterrestrial beings (aka aliens) (yes, I still believe there are other living beings in the universe), instead of iconic accessories Kanye West wore last year on his tour.
Going as Jason from Friday the 13th this Halloween? You have to seriously consider buying one of those face-masks, it’ll go fabulously with your blood covered fake knife (or machete?).
Images taken from Style.com. Edited by Gimme Good Style.