The infamous avant-garde house has an unconventional approach to fashion and style. Originally founded by Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela in 1988 (along with business partner and fellow designer Jenny Meirens), the house’s early work was heavily inspired by the output of other designers favouring a deconstructed aesthetic such as Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garcons. Of his early work, Vogue reported that his ideas “provoked shock and intrigue” in the fashion industry, disrupting a conservative space.
Since it's early inception the Maison Margiela product has carried numbers differing from product to product. Ever wondered what those numbers meant? The house assigns each of its product ranges a number from 0 to 23 as a reference code, with no particular chronological order. For example footwear (22) and eyewear (8). Another example of the house's unconventional fashion status among its contemporaries.
However, this isn’t a history lesson, it’s a stylistic one. With such a rich history and heritage in anarchic style, how do you broach the brand? Some may feel au fait with the aesthetic, others may have never tried a little of the Margiela magic before. Whichever side you fall on we believe a little inspiration never hurt anyone, so with the AW19 collection available online and in-store, we’ve asked our resident style expert Alex to suggest a couple of looks to spark our autumnal wardrobe choices.
For the first look, I’ve focused on creating a heavily layered look featuring key tailoring pieces from Margiela, that still works when you take some of the components away.
I’ve layered the Straight Tweed Coat over the top of the Striped Pocket Shirt and to take it one step further I’ve added a Burberry Shoulder Zip Knit which I would style underneath the open shirt; creating a very contemporary look. Moving onto the bottom half of the look, I’ve chosen the checked Margiela trouser and paired that with the fusion sneaker. I’ve added the Gucci Necklace for the cherry on top, completing the look.
For look number 2 I’ve selected something more casual, utilising some other key pieces from Maison Margiela's AW19 collection.
I’ve mixed the Layered Hoodie and the Amiri Broken Jeans as the washes and colours compliment each other. Underneath the layered hoodie, I’ve added the white Margiela Défilé T-shirt which works well with the Retro Fit sneaker. I’ve added the Côte&Ciel crossbody bag and the Gucci socks for finishing touches.
Look 3 is for those that want to incorporate a few pieces of Margiela into their everyday rotation.
The Margiela Piped Knit with the Side Slit T-shirt from Thom Browne underneath is an understated look and allows the piping details to shine. I’ve added another Margiela staple which should be in everyone’s wardrobe; the Replica Sneaker. I’ve opted for a pair of raw denim DSquared2 Skinny Jeans as well as a classic Gucci GG Pattern Scarf to mirror the blue tones running through the outfit. For the final touch, I’ve chosen the Alexander McQueen Leather Zip Document Holder as a sleek accessory to carry your belongings.