Returning to the fold at the house of Harrolds, the illustrious Maison Margiela continues a legacy of disruptive flair. In an age of refinement in fashion, where less is more, Margiela stands again at the forefront of the ethos that it has helped pioneer, since its inception in 1988.
Considered the unofficial “+1” of the famed Antwerp Six, Maison Margiela was established by Martin Margiela, vanguard graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, in tandem with business partner Jenny Meirens. The now-iconic tag labelling represents a numerical system coding each product line, and the 4 stitches on reverse have now become eternally synonymous with the Margiela brand.
In an age of refinement in fashion, where less is more, Margiela stands again at the forefront of the ethos that it has helped pioneer.
Now boasting a legacy of big-name collaborations and expanded product range including fragrance, fine jewellery and homewares, the iconoclastic Margiela brand has remained true to its deconstructive, avant-garde approach. This notion was born out of Martin’s childhood beginnings in fashion, crafting model dresses and designs using unorthodox materials and technique.
Since 2014, the notorious John Galliano has helmed the label, continuing the enigmatic spirit of the mysterious and aloof Martin Margiela, who’s departure from the fashion world was equally as quiet and mistifying. Adapting the traditional house codes of authenticity and innovation in a modern light, Galliano’s latest 2020 offerings see a muted, monochromatic palette contrasted by splashes of bold colour. The split-toe 15th-century Japanese-inspired Tabi boot, perhaps the most distinguished Margiela piece, sits alongside modern icons such as the “Replica” sneaker and “Glam Slam” bag.
Galliano’s latest men’s collection plays on concepts of memory and identity, creating a “trompe l’oeil” layering effect through dissociated layering of fabrics. Bianchetto-like ghostly textile effects invoke the essence of Margiela’s progressive approach, as perforation-style polka dots pixel prints add a layer of depth to the already cerebral craftsmanship.
With hints of the classic school-boy and everyday urban looks permeating the silhouettes, distressed and deconstructed, spliced knitwear sits amongst track jackets and sweaters, accommodating everyday rotation. The pillow-esque “Glam Slam” concept is interpreted through cross-body bags and accessories, as the famed Margiela numerical system is graphically intertwined in to multiple jewellery pieces.
Continuing the house-coded masculine tinge to womenswear, Galliano’s latest femme collection shows great emphasis on cut and fabric as opposed to the fly-by-night “logomania”. With the runway show drawing inspiration from young army personnel of World War 2, the womenswear collection is for the liberated heroines of today. Ready-to-wear offerings such as distressed knitwear, leather jackets, cropped puffers and flowing cut shirts invoke the core essence of Maison Margiela.
The infamous split-toe Tabi footwear comes in various iterations, from ballet flats and boots through to sneakers and socks. The modern classic “Glam Slam” puffy bag design comes in multiple monochromatic colourways and sizes, allowing the design and craftsmanship itself to speak volumes. Continuing the progressive legacy of Martin himself, characterised by cerebral concepts, striking runways and an unshackled spirit, Harrolds is once again proud to unveil the timeless work of Maison Margiela to the Australian market.