Maison Margiela SS17
John Galliano has helmed Maison Margiela for two years now. FUCK YEAH! His SS17 ready-to-wear range, just presented in Paris, was radical, ravishing and intoxicating. Seeking to fuse athleticism and historical themes, and create a “cross-pollination of codes”, the daring designer delivered a seriously oddball oeuvre (that we loved!). “The mission of Maison Margiela is to reject convention,” said Galliano of the House, “and our evolving proposition stimulates nostalgia and innovation in equal parts. We believe that familiarity must be unsettled and spontaneous, with an intrinsic strangeness.” Sporting backpacks, yoga mats and Margiela’s token tabi split toe shoes, models rambled down the runway wearing space-age everything and insane, intergalactic gear. There were opalescent skirts and shirts embellished with sleek sci-fi patterns; abstract leather silhouettes and voluminous vests; iridescent headsets that resembled Oculus Rift head-mounted displays; deconstructed swimming hats and head pieces made from latex and done in a multitude of materials and colors (we loved the turquoise and mint hues). And following Christopher Kane‘s use of those gross, bling-encrusted Crocs, Galliano did his own interpretation, mutating his footwear into Lucite-heeled ‘Croc-y Clogs’ with perforated leathers along with platform loafers and Velcro scuba shoes. It was an optically jarring aesthetic overall — a surreal synthesis of creative insanity, extraterrestrial form, select history and amped up avant-gardism. Pat McGrath‘s mesmeric makeup made it resplendent!
Images via Maison Margiela