There’s nothing like a great pattern to get me started + when I got a look at Maison Martin Margiela’s Couture Spring collection, full of pattern + texture, I went nuts! Renowned for breathing new life into found garments + objects, in the vein of it’s founder, for this couture collection, the house used collectible vintage fabrics, mostly from private estates, along with repurposed baseball mitts + tinsel.
There were Fifties textiles designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on long + lean bustier robes (row 2, look 1), still with their raw white edges intact showing where the patterns end, Raoul Dufy’s “Les Violons” motif, which the painter produced for Bianchini-Férier, on a wide-legged pantsuit (row 1, look 3), + coats made from thick tapestries, often telling stories like the one bearing Paul Gauguin’s exotic ‘La femme du roi’ (row 2, look 1).
There were also looks that featured sequined stripes(row 2, look 4), a sick crop top made with vintage sailor tattoo patches sewn together, with some going down the model’s arms (row 1, look 4), as well as embroideries created with small random found objects including colorful chains, pearls + buttons (row 2, look 2).
I especially loved the arm sleeves that looked like big eyes (below), complete with long bottom lashes in what looks like hair, creating a cool fringe effect – now THAT’S how to wear an Evil Eye!
(photos: Giovanni Giannoni)