See the Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection from Maison Margiela shown this morning at the Grand Palais during Paris Fashion Week.
You can clearly see the inspiration for this collection trickle down from Galliano's brilliant haute couture offering (the 'Artisanal' collection) back in June, which was based on the designer himself throwing on an old trench coat, with wet hair still covered in shampoo, in a rush to meet a friend, the ultimate in nonchalant French glamour. From the jackets to the cowboy boots, it was a rather unimaginative copy and paste affair; it was disappointing not to see some new ideas from the house for their very different ready-to-wear customer.
There were several elements I really did enjoy in this show, like the 20's flapper girl headdresses, the deconstructed corsetry, the structured, sheer mac in delicate nude tones, the extravagent feather trims and the fragmented hot pink lip. However, the travel-inspired 'Carry on Baggage' tags duvet bags, neck cushions and eye masks felt too whimsical and like a last-minute add-on, not an original point of focus.
Overall, the collection was very covetable, but extremely predictable, and at odds with the elegant, avant-garde aesthetic we know and love. The question is; is any of this actually wearable, and is it catered to the Margiela woman, not just the John Galliano girl?
See every look from Maison Margiela SS18 below:
Images via NOWfashion.