Maison Margiela's Fall Collection Was Surprisingly Understated — Except for the 'Hats'

Why yes, that *is* a handbag on top of that model's head. Glad you asked.
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The finale of Maison Margiela's Fall 2017 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

The finale of Maison Margiela's Fall 2017 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

John Galliano has spent the last two years reestablishing Maison Margiela as a house of invention and creativity, often favoring fantastical artistry over wearability — especially for the label's ready-to-wear collections. Margiela's latest offering for Fall 2017 — shown in Paris on Wednesday — was a noted departure from the whimsy to which we've grown accustomed. This season, Galliano's designs (and the styling in general) were so wearable that they were almost understated. A tweed suit was paired with a skeletonized varsity jacket; an oversized black sweater became a dress when worn with no pants; and in Galliano's own form of political expression, a classic khaki trench coat featured a cut-out neckline and a stencil of the Statue of Liberty sliced in the back.

But the collection was not without those now-signature outlandish details. The beauty, done as always by the legendary Pat McGrath, included subtle swipes of color around the eyes, the occasional bleached eyebrow and sporadically placed string or peacock feather in the hair. We were especially fascinated (confused?) by the hats, and fuzzy handbags were worn as hats in two separate looks; it's not a true Margiela show unless we're left a little perplexed, anyway.

A look from Maison Margiela's Fall 2017 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from Maison Margiela's Fall 2017 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

See Galliano's latest offering for Margiela, just in from Paris, in the gallery below.

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