Maison Margiela isn’t a house for the faint-hearted — it’s one of the most boundary-pushing names in the business, even if its founder exited back in 2009. Margiela’s legacy is all about turning preconceptions of clothing on their head — it’s a world where everything is beautiful, but nothing makes sense. Now under the reign of John Galliano, the house just dropped its SS17 women’s collection, and guess what: it’s bananas.
A baffling onslaught of inside-out, upside-down, topsy-turvy garments marched down the Paris runway, with models sporting headset microphones and bizarre ornaments that looked halfway between alien ears and radio antenna. No doubt Galliano’s got some sellable pieces up his sleeve somewhere — le maison’s got bills to pay — but kind of hard to spot them in amongst all the nonsensical, theatrical madness.
This being one of the most secretive houses in the world (press releases used to be given out via fax, and Margiela has never showed his face), Galliano wasn’t even on hand to explain his ideas before or after the show — so you’ll have to do the decoding for yourself.