Marios Schwab Might Be Ghost-Designing Margiela

Another rumor regarding the never-ending game of designer musical chairs is making the rounds in the industry, and this one involves the buzzy London-based Marios Schwab and the always mysterious Maison Martin Margiela.
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Another rumor regarding the never-ending game of designer musical chairs is making the rounds in the industry, and this one involves the buzzy London-based Marios Schwab and the always mysterious Maison Martin Margiela.
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Another rumor regarding the never-ending game of designer musical chairs is making the rounds in the industry, and this one involves the buzzy London-based Marios Schwab and the always mysterious Maison Martin Margiela.

According to WWD, Schwab—who launched his eponymous label in 2005—has been spotted in Paris at the Margiela studio, where sources say he is "ghost-designing" for the house. Martin Margiela, who remained elusive throughout his tenure at his namesake house, left the company in 2009 without explanation, and the collections since then have been designed by an in-house team.

A spokesperson for Margiela did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Schwab has received critical praise for his cutting edge designs over the last few years, and his aesthetic is in line with Margiela's vision. He also did a two-year stint as the creative director of Halston--so this wouldn't be his first time designing for a brand other than his own.

So is it true? Is Schwab the man behind the masks? It kind of sounds like it. WWD points out the Margiela's owner and CEO both attended Schwab's most recent runway show. And while neither party confirmed the rumor (to us or to WWD); neither of them denied it, either. Margiela described its design talent as a "collective" with a rotating roster of contributors, so it's possible that if Schwab has been designing for the house, his gig is temporary. We're also fairly certain no one's going to spill the beans on the record.

We wonder if Kanye West knows...