John Galliano's Maison Margiela is Otherworldly Couture

John Galliano's Maison Margiela is Otherworldly Couture

Couture Week blasts off with Maison Margiela's space-age vision of Fall 2018 couture.

Couture Week blasts off with Maison Margiela's space-age vision of Fall 2018 couture.

Text: Thomas Chou

It’s impossible to deny that for each couture season, the fashion world waits with bated breath for the artistry and innovation that comes with the Maison Margiela label. Creatively directed by none other than design legend, John Galliano, Maison Margiela has always represented a new and inventive age in fashion—transcending simple clothing into wearable art.

In the true spirit of couture, Maison Margiela debuted its 32-look, Fall 2018 collection influenced heavily by extraterrestrial motifs and shockingly bold colors. In a similar vein as previous seasons, the French fashion label plays with texture in some of the most unexpected ways. For Fall 2018, gauzy fabrics were a highlight of several of the looks, from overlaid jackets, to entire dresses — and it’s impossible to miss the electric blue and hot pink sheer mesh that covered many of the models faces, channeling a hard-to-nail element of alien chic.

As expected from the futuristic fashion house, silhouettes most traditionally understood as wearable received a major boost in the collection which featured enormously oversized and layered puffer jackets along with dramatically ankle-length sleeves. While bright primary colors add an element of visual interest and trend, the silhouettes of the pieces conjure a sense of Star Wars gone glam. Think long treks on Mars, or touching down on Jupiter’s furthest moon; Maison Margiela’s use of thick belting, purposeful dusty tarnishing, and what appears to be astronaut helmets, take the Fall 2018 out of this stratosphere, and into the fashion galaxy that churns inside Galliano’s mind.

While other couture labels might be too focused on re-inventing and re-imagining basics, Maison Margiela pushes the envelope to a truly avant garde plane. While streetwear and logomania might be what’s appealing to the kids right now, Galliano brings back the artistry into the art of design. High-brow, high-concept, and certainly high fashion—Maison Margiela Fall 2018 brings the runways of couture week back to it’s masterfully creative and innovative roots.

Check out the collection below.

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