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Maison Martin Margiela Fall 2011 Runway Review

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Maison Martin Margiela fans will be beaming when they view the latest collection from the avant garde fashion house. Past seasons may not have pleased the palettes of those fans, but this outing proved different and is definitely one to make you think.

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Dresses that peeled away like pages in a book to reveal a mismatched under layer and became something of a dress suit? You'll only find it at Margiela. Conceptually intriguing, this clothing experiment granted some rather outstanding results. It was all in the details, it seemed, since what looked from afar like a simple sweater set peeled like paint from a wall when eyed up close. Even in the accessories, Margiela came alive: repurposed key rings dangled from every finger and oversized chain links wrapped around wrists like bike chains. Fishnet stocking overlays donned the designer's signature tall boots making them appear as though they were netted sandals laying flush to the flesh. Cuts came relatively relaxed, nothing too tight, nothing too loose. Traditional materials were oddly paired, as usual, this time like a fabric store hodgepodge – silks with wools and patents, neoprene with silk twill, nylon, and washed leather. 

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Overall, the collection was a success – surprisingly wearable and equally eccentric. Pushing the house forward while honoring the namesake designer's aesthetic is a difficult task, but after several failed tries, it looks like they've finally got it.

Photo source: Vincenzo Grillo, ImaxTree

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