John Galliano strikes again with one of his strangest runway shows yet — that just so happens to be one of the most memorable moments of Paris Fashion Week so far. For the designer’s Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2017 show, he had a model walk with an oversized, furry black bag over her head. The odd placement of the purse loosely mimicked the wigs one would’ve worn during 18th century France. Of course, the threads here are not white, but jet black (and also fiery red).
Not only was the fluffy head accessory not accompanied by a voluminous, Marie Antoinette-esque gown, the complementing look included a mere skin-tight nude tank top and blue jeans.
The collection showed significant similarities to Galliano’s earlier Maison Margiela Couture show in January which featured an array of garments that included geometric cut outs and loose, colored threads dangling from coat collars to its buttons. Galliano’s surrealistic style bowler hats as well as metallic oversized jewelry made an appearance here as well.
Although no Snapchat filters made their way onto any garments in this collection, Galliano did include a cut out “Lady Liberty” silhouette on the back of one of his trench-coats.
Martin Margiela, the founder of Maison Margiela, originally rose to fame for his deconstructive, yet largely equivocal fashion collections. Most garments made in this manner are typically “unfinished,” “coming part,” “recycled or transparent.” Margiela always kept his fans and critics at bay. And, as exhibited here, there is no doubt Galliano is following in Margiela’s footsteps.
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