A few months ago, during Fashion month, everyone whispered about Maison Martin Margiela. Rumors of the invisible designer's impending departure from his own line started the September before and quietly went away until the house showed their Fall 09 collection and Sarah Mower's review almost definitively announced his departure, "In the absence of any definitive corporate statement, the only test of whether Margiela is still in the house must be down to whether the inimitable dialogue of excellence, intellectual challenge, and wit is still there in his show. Safe, yet very sad to say, this time it was gone." Now, with or without the man behind the house, they've launched a line of housewares which do seem to fit perfectly into Margiela's signature aesthetic. It's very white, very industrial looking and pretty much made to go in Carine's apartment. Which means someone, Margiela or not, is doing their job well.