27 October 2009

Who's taking over at Maison Martin Margiela?

Martin Margiela

As relaxes in the Hamptons (like Helmut Lang did when he left his name-sake label), or tends to his garden (a la Jil Sander), there must be interviews galore at the Maison MM. After all when Renzo Russo, creator of Diesel and majority shareholder of Margiela, announced after Paris Fashion Week earlier this month that Martin was no longer at the design helm of the brand (although still involved from a distance apparently), there have been rumours abound as to who could take over. Now news reaches us that Renzo is due to announce the replacement any day now, so (gentlemanly) bets are on as to who it will be. Here at Graziadaily, we are not the betting kind, but naturally we have a couple of suggestions...
 
The Safe(r) Bets
 
Haider Ackermann
We've said it before and we'll say it again, surely his love of a conceptual inspiration and alternative muses is ideal for Margiela. Plus his ideas always seem set in the future, which will sit perfectly with Russo's statement that 'We are focusing on young, realistic energy for the future; this is really Margiela for the year 2015.'
 
Raf Simons
Would he leave Jil Sander, where he is doing a lovely job incidentally, to take over from MM? Well his name has been bandied around for a while now...so could it be that there are worse places to put your money?
 
The Outsiders
 
Olivier Theyskens
After leaving Nina Ricci earlier this year, Mr Theyskens has been rather quiet. And while he might be a bit too glitzy and glammy for Margiela - plus he dresses ladies, and might not have the 'young energy' that Renzo desires, but it would be interesting to see what he would do.
 
Hedi Slimane
Hedi has been concentrating on his photography recently, but as the man who made every single woman want to wear Dior Homme, could he be the commercial key that Maison Martin Margiela needs? In an ideal world he would be and we'd be first in the queue for his tailoring and knits, and be prepared to fight to the death for his accessories.
 
But in the meantime, if you want to get your hands on an original piece of Martin Margiela, keep an eye on Yoox.com who are going to be selling one-off exclusive pieces, online at the end of the month. Each piece is as bonkers as you'd expect - ranging from a disco ball armor top to a record vinyl dress - but more collectable than a formaldehyde cow...probably!


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