Key Pieces: The entire collection is a head-turner but the series of deconstructed outerwear are the notable standouts.
Editor’s Notes: With Paris Fashion Week (Haute Couture) in full swing, John Galliano showcased his debut co-ed couture collection for Maison Margiela, featuring men’s and womenswear combined, as he further explores the interplay between the digital world and modern society, which was first previewed last summer.
For the runway presentation, the space consisted of a bright white room with vibrant psychedelic patterns of a blue clipped poodle gracing the ceiling and walls, along with mirrors lined on the floor. Galliano interpreted it as how we consume information, and how oversaturated and overstimulated computer-generated imagery alters reality, with the mirrors providing a way of illustrating reality and the alternative.
With this approach, Galliano ventured into a new era of “decadence,” and strayed away from the sole theme of glamour explored in recent seasons, as this season’s inspiration translated into a collection of two halves with truly genderless top and bottom garments in one. One half of the collection displayed a bevy of colors, embellishments and deconstructed silhouettes, while the other half consisted of dark-colored pieces. The idea of reverse dressing is also employed, particularly, a gentleman’s coat had been cut into a skirt that became a cape.
In addition, the decadent theme was further emphasized with the usage of lavish materials like guipure, Chantilly lace, organza, velvet, and devoré, along with wools and canvas fabrics that were meticulously hand-painted. The overall palette also defined the extravagance of the line, from the collection’s multi-colored sequence poodle pattern that included blue, aqua, green, yellow, red and fuchsia tones, and faded to tonal black.
Encompassing a slew of deconstructed apparel ranging from jackets, pants, shirts, and accessories infused with glamour, reverse dressing and more, every Artisanal look was essentially fitted without regard to gender.
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