In fashion world, everyone loves Maison Martin Margiela. Even if they don't really, they still say that they do. You have to! It's Margiela! He is the cerebral, yet jovial (we imagine), mystery designer that could be anyone. He doesn't do interviews, he has never been photographed, no-one knows where he lives, all anyone knows is that he makes really cool clothes. And puts on really cool, if a bit uncomfortable, catwalk shows. Last nights A/W '09 show in Paris was no different. The audience sat at the edges of a complicated zig-zag catwalk complete with steps and massive lights on cranes. No-one had any idea where the first model was going to appear from. But as the last white coated Maison Martin Margiela member of staff took their seat and the lights went down, the cranes swept across the space and one spotlight focused on a model appearing from behind a black curtain (actually she was struggling a little to get out, but it was pitch black). She was clad only in nude tights - complete with Margiela stitching of course - and massive plastic arcs on her shoulders - a witty nod to the power shoulders dominating the world! More shoulders and little clothes followed, or even just the front panel of a dress, then models started appearing through another curtain. They were picked out by one catwalk, but when they changed directions and walked down steps onto a new level, that spotlight left them and another one picked them out. Sometimes they were in total darkness for what felt like minutes, but must have only been seconds, as they moved catwalks, but the girls never faltered. Anyway, the collection was lovely and it ended with a giant disco ball filling the audience with twinkling stars and the finale was accompanied by a bubble machine. See our favourite looks below...
An angular green and blue asymmetric dress
Green leather hooded jacket
White leather jacket with strap detailing shown over black catsuit
Aubergine capelet coat
The cloud, just because it made us smile.
- Kay Barron
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