The Usual Suspects

Paris…Maison Martin Margiela

Usually doing some sort of informal presentation, Maison Martin Margiela decided to cross over to the wrong side of the tracks for his F/W 09/10 collection. Siting the classic criminal movie “The Usual Suspects” as inspiration, the mostly classic assortment of tailored pieces had a very ’70s slant to them. There was a jacket and pants made out of burnished burgundy leather straight out of the decade that gave us polyester. Some interesting design details included a jacket and pants with a tonal applique, and a suit jacket with atypical folds of fabric to give an elevated texture. A chunky shawl collar cardigan in ivory looked rich layered over a chocolate leather shirt and white denim. The metallic pants were so positively shiny they looked like liquid silver. It all made for a collection full of memorable fashion elements from yesteryear, a time with many styles the industry would rather forget.


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