I know it’s not the easiest of the super-hyped big chain collaborations to love, but I’m way into it. And I’m including even the most seriously wackadoo pieces in that assessment, and here’s why: partnerships between edgier design houses and huge chains often become, between the moment they are conceived until the time they hit the racks, such disappointments. Like for instance, I am a big, big fan of Target’s collaborations—they set the standard in many ways—but I can’t think of a bigger bummer than their partnership with Rodarte. The disconnect between the two lines was so stunning as to be embarrassing. Margiela is a similarly esoteric line, and it’s easy to imagine a similar scenario playing itself out there. They could have played it really safe and elected to spin off some deconstructed tees, jeans, jackets, and bags from their more accessible MM6 line. But what they did was so much more nervy: they chose to reissue archival pieces from their collection line, priced at a fraction of what they’d gone for when they first came down the runway. My favorite look by far is this one, a skirt and wrap blouse ensemble that scenester Leigh Lezark wore to the line’s launch party last month.
I once drove all over Los Angeles looking for one half of the last pair in town of this very exact same flat with my old partner in crime Andrea Linett (why just half? Good question, and long story). The hidden wedge makes them just that much more flattering than ballet flats, as does the more streamlined shape. Also: I like the sparkly.
What a cool, fun, and witty way to faux your way through a black tie evening—and for cheap.
Back when I could afford Margiela, this is the type of piece I went for: a familiar shape,well-tailored, and interestingly—but not too interestingly—cut.
I would never wear this super-deconstructed moto jacket and I love it.
They like to have fun with their accessories over at Margiela. See how simple this little bag looks? It is, unless you decide to wear it by the long strap, in which case it’s upside-downsies! Another very popular reissue—and a cute gift for the truest of Margiela devotees on your list: this glove bag.