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Brief Published: 4 Jul 2013

Couture A/W 13: Maison Martin Margiela


Always pushing the boundaries and perceptions of traditional couture, Diesel-owned label Maison Martin Margiela worked vintage denim, reworked thrift-shop fabrics and dresses, vinyl and latex into its couture show yesterday in Paris – resulting in an artisanal, vintage feel with a contemporary twist.

Applique florals and reworked second-hand fabrics had a bohemian, eccentric quality, while crystalised face masks lent a futuristic twist of anonymity to the opulent, vintage textiles that’s become something of a signature styling flourish for the house. The richly embroidered pieces were juxtaposed with patent, vinyl separates like blazers, T-shirts and trousers, as well as vintage jeans that provided the perfect laid-back counterpart to the stunning bodices and draped tops.

Trapeze shapes felt girlish in tulle and chiffon and proved an emerging silhouette to watch for future seasons, while heavy, knee-high vinyl boots anchored the looks, toughening up the light and sweet textiles.

Maison Martin Margiela