There is something interesting with the work John Galliano is doing at the Maison Margiela. Focusing on defensive gear,he is adding volume not to construct a look but to deconstruct it,reducing garments to their basic shapes,cutting and reconnecting them along the seams into basic shapes,archetypal one might say.After all,waiting for the Armageddon-and dressing for it is a very archetypal thing itself.
Styled with the idea of “dressing in haste”-the show featured holofoil and other high-tech color changing materials shaped into coats,raincoats and blazers as well as bright colored slip dresses paired with his trademark chunky, “ugly” sneakers in bold colors.While the silhouettes appeared heavy,the actual tailoring of each piece was, once more, exquisite.
Galliano is doing in Maison Margiela what he knows best-he is embracing the codes of a fashion house and exploring them in his unique way.His work has also a substantial way to appeal to a much younger audience-for all the right reasons, offering a coolness that’s based on knowledge-if there is such a thing.
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