Breathe taking, clean and beautiful is what was running through my mind as the show ended. Margiela never fails to bring minimalism and yet experimental creativity to the catwalk. Like many of his collections, the monochrome style with a bit of colour splash was not a shock, but however flowed perfectly with the designs and box shapes of the collection. Opening the catwalk with singer Sean Nicholas Savage, behind the unravelling curtains, I knew this was going to be one of the most memorable collections of the week.
Starting the collection was a all white jacket and skirt, finished with knee high black boots, with round shape at the top (Alexander Wang popped into mind, as they are similar to his A/W 2014 collection shoe type). However from then on, it was a selection of monochromes, with white basic shirts, which is a famous statement for Margiela, and layering, with ‘unfinished’ distorted detailing, such as ties and knots on skirts and dresses.
From then on, the collection showed some vibrant shades, preferably colours I would expect to see during Spring/Summer, however it’s Margiela, unpredictable is what he’s good at. Oranges and reds flowed down the runway, mixed in with the monochrome. Such as long red clingy knit dress, showing collarbones and chest, giving off a sophisticated, feminine elegancy.
The collection has a masculine feel, keeping with the signature style. Long, school-boy shorts made an appearance, in black satin fabric to heavy, knits in warm oranges and reds. Fabrics included we’re a wide selection of cotton, PVC, leather and wool. With that, folded fabric large clutches, another big love of mine were seen a few times. The collection held pure elegance, was clean and simple, with a masculine, unfinished look, a clash on both ends. A top highlight for me was ‘dungaree’ dresses, and high waisted over bust shorts, showing a clear 1960 school-child themes.
Overall the collection was a breath of fresh air to New York Fashion week. It’s ever-flowing sophisticated attitude throughout the show made me excited for more. It was a perfect balance to femininity and masculinity, and is one of the most perfect shows to top off the week.
Written By Charlotte Pratt