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.
Maison Martin Margiela 20: The Exhibition Opens at Somerset House
Six months after the announcement that "fashion's invisible man" would be walking away from his eponymous label, Maison Martin Margiela 20: The Exhibition opens at Somerset House, home to London Fashion Week's catwalks. The retrospective showcases 20 years of the label's groundbreaking work and originates from the Mode Museum in Antwerp. The Belgian designer was unanimously considered to be the 7th member of the Antwerp 6, a group of avant-garde designers (including Ann Demulemeester, Dries Van Noten and Walter Van Beirendock) who literally turned the '80s power dressing cliche inside-out with deconstruction and innovative pattern cutting. Curator Kaat Debo worked in tandem with Maison Martin Margiela to illustrate for the public the basic principles behind the highly conceptual brand, whose ethos has been at odds with the mainstream, often alienating all but fashion's illuminati.