First things first: Maison Martin Margiela. When I heard the news, shrieking at my indifferent laptop might be an apt description of my response. Margiela is not only one of the most avant-garde labels out there, it's also one of the most mysterious. With no one at the helm, it's really more of an abstract entity of fashion talent. Just imagining a radical, yet so elusive and secretive label collaborating with H&M was too much to bear.
There really is no point spending too much time on whether the results of this collaboration are true to the Margiela label. I think that is obvious enough. Being the most avant-garde collaboration H&M has done, I think it's fair to say the Margiela image is undoubtedly present.
What is worth talking about, however, is the quality and style of the pieces. With H&M collaborations, there is always the fear of a cheaply made high fashion look. But with Margiela, there seems to be no problem whatsoever. Perhaps it's because Margiela always focused more on construction that it's really the architecture of these H&M pieces that make it look like quality Margiela.
And that brings me to style. These H&M pieces are beautifully dramatic; they are unlike anything you will ever find in a regular shopping mall (until now). There will always be the critics, lamenting how unwearable these fashions are, but life would be so boring if everything you wore was predictable. These are standout pieces made for a woman with standout taste.
Consisting of oversized silhouettes and masculine cuts, it quietly encapsulates the love of living, freedom and expression. They say it's a woman's character that gets her noticed, but hey, I'm just saying, these clothes help.
Plexiglass heels, candy wrapper clutches, and gloved handbags. I love these accessories beyond belief. And much like the clothing, there's a surprising high quality feel to them. This H&M collaboration was perfect in every conceivable way. Is this my favourite H&M collaboration of all time? Oh gosh, you can bet it is.
See the entire collection here.
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