This is a very belated post, I know. I could say millions of excuses but it wouldn’t change the fact that I’m posting late, so I’m sorry. Now let’s get to the gems, shall we?
MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, what occurs to your head when you hear of that particular brand? Simple, abstract, avant garde, deconstructive, twisted, out-of-the-blue, and you guess more. The concept of the fashion house has obviously evolved, since the day it was founded (by Martin Margiela himself and Jenny Meirens) until now. According to Margiela’s major stakeholder, Martin hadn’t been active for quite a long time (spoken in October 2009). Further statement made in December disclosed that he had left the business and that no replacement was appointed as the new creative director of MMM.
THAT, was where his design team kicked in. From the October 2009 interview, it was stated that Margiela has not been involved in terms of designing and in the company as he was before (stating that “he has not been there for a long time”), meaning that all the designs were already on the hands and brains of his team for quite some time. The design team was the creative director and conceptor altogether, and that’s why there was no urgent need to replace Martin as the creative director, the team already got it covered. In my previous post, I’ve mentioned that Martin Margiela used to tell his team that they are “more Margiela than he was”. The Maison was about the creative energy and the nullity concept, and not about a particular person or designer.
Now take a look at the evolution of the Maison’s designs since the day it started. Watch the evolution of the brand and see the difference pre and post Martin Margiela’s exit? Which one do you prefer? MMM with Martin Margiela or without?
[photos courtesy of www.openingceremony.us and official facebook page of Maison Martin Margiela]
Below are the collections designed by MMM’s design team, since Martin’s supposed exit at December 2009. Now, do you notice any difference in terms of conception and creativity?
They also recently released a foldable shopping bag that turns into a clutch when folded. Here’s how it looks
I’ve mentioned before that Martin used to tell his team that they are more Margiela than him. You could definitely see a difference there. The new designs were bringing bolder colors and even more daring patterns and prints. You couldn’t really hate or prefer one over the other (at least for me), they’re different, but they’re both Maison Martin Margiela. The original designs definitely inspired the newer ones, apparent with the odd patterns, deconstructed body lines, and face masks.
I can say that I salute the design team for continuing the path of MMM. It’s different from the one Martin was pursuing, but it’s still one hell of a path they dived in.
Posts in the series:
-The Dilly Chic-