Maison Margiela S/S 2018

Maison Margiela S/S 2018

John Galliano presents a masterful travel-inspired collection, complete with new codes for the maison’s mile-high club

Mood board: John Galliano is famed for his theatrical flair. During his tenure at Christian Dior, the designer created dramatic fashion shows based around spectacular narratives, taking guests on journeys through the geisha world of Japan, the streets of Paris during the French Revolution, or the Joan of Arc’s battlefield. This season, Galliano was preoccupied with an everyday interpretation of glamour, deconstructing wardrobe staples into spectacular garments, like a trench coat into a strapless dress, a riding jacket into a gold buttoned bustier or a rose print towelled bathrobe into an evening dress. This was a collection aimed at elevating travel- and leisurewear into something new and special, with pieces suffused with shimmering fragments of mosaic, plumes of feathers, gauzy organza and golden jacquards.

Finishing touches: Galliano was particularly taken with the unconscious glamour of travel, and the elegant haste of women on the go. This meant clothing and accessories dangling with airport luggage tags like ‘Priority’, and ‘First Class’. Sleeping masks were worn as headbands and travel pillows were cinched around the neck – the Maison Margiela woman has no time to take off the trappings of travel when rushing for an interconnecting flight.

Best in show: The house introduced a new soft bag style called the Glam Slam. This cushiony clutch resembled the arm of a Chesterfield sofa, complete with rows of button upholstery. The perfect pillow for a long haul flight, and a fitting symbol of the Maison Margiela mile-high club

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