Pending the rumored changes to institutions like Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, fashion critics and enthusiasts alike are witnessing the fight for the exclusivity of the fashion industry. Maison Margiela Artisanal 2015 couture spring collection was a return to that old-fashioned invite-only experience. It was also the stage for John Galliano’s triumphant return to the runway.
There were only three photographers in the photography pit, including one in-house photographer. Paparazzi was not allowed inside to document celeb sightings such as Kate Moss and designers including, Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, Manolo Blahnik and Rifat Ozbek to name a few.
The show is being praised as the perfect marriage between Galliano’s signature aesthetic and Maison Margiela.
From the the ornate use of tulle dramatically draped on the models who glided down the runway to their crystal-kissed lips that paired seamlessly with their drag-queen inspired makeup, the show was the perfect fashion fantasy.
Margiela emailed show notes immediately following the show. While there is some debate as to his reasoning for sending out his notes instead of the tradional behind the scenes interview, the general concensus is that the designer wanted to convey a clear explanation of his creative process. His sentiments illustrated a story of discovery and renewal.
“Approaching tailoring, techniques, craftsmanship like a new explorer, or painter. One who sees beauty in things that are often taken for granted, giving everything a newly enriched life.”