Maison Martin Margiela Fall 2014 Couture Collection

Posted on July 09, 2014

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    • MightyMarshal

      This looks like a Project Runway finale question. That’s not a compliment. Kudos on the prawn dresses, though. Those are the standouts.

      • BayTampaBay

        What’s a “prawn” dress?

        • MightyMarshal

          Prawn/lobster/shrimp/crayfish. The dresses with the beaded shellfish on them. They’re mostly overworked like the rest but there’s something charming about a giant fringed shrimp.

      • AwwwTrouble

        I was scrolling fairly quickly and as I passed those two, I thought, hmm, weird, that fringe makes it look like a shrimp draped over the shoulder scroll scroll. This comment got me to scroll back up and for the love of god it IS a shrimp draped over the shoulder. My subconscious scroll mode tried to preserve my eyes by making it only appear to be shellfish, when they actually were shellfish.

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      I RESPECTFULLY DECLINE THIS. :)

      • demidaemon

        ME TOO.

    • Thomas

      Umm… No. This brings frankendresses to a whole new level. And who doesn’t want to wear prawn?

      • Snarkmeister

        Ditto. The iris dress was the only one I liked too, although I did spend a few moments on the lobster dress. Like: “Is that really…? Oh. Yes. It is.” What in the everloving fuck is going on with those knee-high sock/boot things with the just-barely-not-matching shoe strap? And also, the face things at the end? WHY? And how in the name of God do the models walk with those on, and miraculously not fall off the runway or trip or run into anything?

        • redvelvetbonsai

          Maison Marin Margiela is known for his masks. they are used almost on every Artisanal runway

    • Tanya Wade

      That’s it. I’m going to the remnant pile tomorrow. Because clearly, I can do this, too.

      • http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/ viridian61

        I’m going to Jo Ann’s for their upholstery samples and bag o’ beads.

        • lovelyivy

          Every. Single. Item. Looks like your granny’s couch to some degree. Terrible.

    • Ashleigh

      I actually NEED a crawfish scarf!!

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      I can honestly say that there isn’t a single piece in this collection that I like.

    • Lower L

      Does anyone else here remember the Bionic Woman episode with the Fembots?

      • Annmarie Kane

        I do! I do!

        • Lower L

          2nd from the bottom. I suppose it was engaging in crimes against fashion before somebody ripped its face off.

    • NMMagpie

      So much tackiness stuffed into one runway show….

    • Feral Fremen

      Cthulhu chic. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!!

      • http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/ viridian61

        awesome reference.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Totally awesome reference. Did anyone check the runway for traces of slimy green ichor?

    • Rhonda Shore

      You have to question if this designer hates women.

      • demidaemon

        I did. I am waiting for the answer, even if I’m pretty sure it is yes.

      • Beardslee

        There’s something about covering up a woman’s face that feels misogynistic to me. Those last mask things were especially disturbing. And distracting!

        • Rhonda Shore

          That’s what I thought, there was something unpleasantly fetishistic about those.

          • Aurumgirl

            I think the whole thing has a cult-y, sister wife feel to it. It’s enough to say the whole collection is unappealing, but this collection is more misogynist that many others.

        • rag254

          I actually like the masks, because I think it cuts to the reality that it’s never about the woman in the dress — they are just walking hangers. Which has always been misogynistic. But that’s just me.

    • Sarah

      Man, is that white outfit with the poufy shoulders for Gaga or what? I like the beaded blue irises dress, and some of the patchworky Chinese silk looking things, but a lot of this is…pretty odd.

      • Amanda Schaefer

        I thought the white shirt with white pants was the least repulsive outfit of the bunch. It reminded me a lot of the 80s though. Many of them looked like badly made quilts thrown on the models, terrible attempts at future roaring 20s dresses, and what the hell did this designer put on their heads?

        • Sarah

          MMM is kinda big on head-obscuring masky things. They’ve done it sort of a lot. Why, I can’t tell you, but there it is.

        • David Kresner

          Faberge eggheads

    • wisenhar

      I was looking at these, trying to figure out what the crustacean-looking things were. Then I realized, they actually were crustaceans!

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      Ode to Elsa Schaparelli/bitch slap to Marco Zanini.

    • Annmarie Kane

      I would mask my face too if I were wearing one of these…

    • Danielle

      So intrigued to know how third from the bottom can see.

      • Kent Roby

        I was fascinated when they first did the full face coverage with the jeweled masks (I promptly borrowed the idea for a Praying Mantis costume I made/wore for a Mardi Gras ball, though it became MUCH harder to see once the spotlights were on me!). However, this trick (for the runway) has now worn out its welcome, especially since Kanye has already worn one on tour.

        • Danielle

          Now I’m even more intrigued to see your costume, Kent!

        • decormaven

          Ooh! Do you have a Pinterest board? I bet that was an awesome costume.

          • Kent Roby

            I don’t, but I think that Pinterest is probably something I should look into. I had a bunch of costume photos on Facebook, but I deleted that account last year after tiring of seeing nonstop rants, endless selfies, and photos of Big Macs. I will check it out!

    • Sarah

      Also: Do Not Wear Lime Flokati Rugs As Clothes. Just sayin’.

    • Jennifer Bober

      Okay, I understand that couture is not for the average woman, but seriously, what’s with the cuts to the thighs and the lack of linings? I honestly think fashion designers are in league with psychiatric associations to see how many of us they can put into therapy with body issues.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        This collection adds to my suspicion that these people are just messing with women. Yes, I understand that fashion mag editors want clothes that are ‘editorial’ and can be used for eye-catching/eye-popping features, but some many of these looks do not look at all as if they are intended to be worn.

    • hughman

      It’s funny how something so tacky and desperately kooky can be so dull and overexposed. The mesh face masks are so so over.

    • mdcoon127

      “hey, let’s just f with everyone and take scraps of fabric lying around from last years show and throw ‘em together on a model with pins…”

      • Sophie

        …and add some detailed giant lobsters to tie it all together.

    • bunnydiet

      I think I live to far upstate to even understand this!

      • Jennifer Bober

        Location has nothing to do with it. I go into Manhattan regularly and I don’t get it.

    • Kent Roby

      What a Haute mess.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      Project Runway, Season 35. Challenge: Grandma’s Estate

      • myandyleigh

        That actually sounds like a fantastic challenge! I think you should pass that on to someone who knows someone.

    • Bad Idea Jeans

      One of the garments in this collection is A LOBSTER. I rest my case.

      • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

        I’m leaning toward crawfish, myself.

    • Kristi Mitchell

      If I had to carry a muppet carcass down the runway, I’d probably want to wear my beret on backwards too.

    • Janice Bartels

      Faberge Eggs for heads. Like you do.

      • Lower L

        Oh, is THAT what they are?

    • smayper

      What a waste of a great remnant bin.

    • FuhUgh

      This looks like Gaga’s closet. Add some hooves and we’re there.

    • crash1212

      NOPE. The head gear is general is completely stupid and the last three actually made me kind of angry.

    • Pepper Collins

      When the headgear suddenly got super intense, I died. I can’t stop laughing!!!

      • MilaXX

        I was done at the octopus looking tops.

      • kimmeister

        I thought, “well here’s the look for me when I want to go fencing while looking like a pineapple.”

    • MilaXX

      BAH! It’s mostly just over designed and too tricky. There are a few pieces here and there that could work, but mostly this is a big NAY!

    • what not

      Patchwork always says “thoughtless attempt at boho” to me, and I applaud this for not being that. Aside from that, it’s ugly.

    • random_poster

      What a shame to waste so many beautiful fabrics. Just because you have them doesn’t mean you should put them all on one garment!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        When you consider that these designers have access to truly amazing fabrics, I just want to cry-and then bitchslap the designers.

    • myandyleigh

      I’m confused, and a little frightened. Someone hold me…

    • Truthiness2U

      I think I’ll look to PR for this, but my first thought was “student work.”

      • FibonacciSequins

        Ha! My first thought too.

    • Tru Nguyen

      The iris dress is stunning.

      • Thomas

        Van Gogh! As I said in my comment, the only one I like.

      • Sophie

        I like the flowers but not the dress – all credit goes to Van Gogh and whoever made the fabric.

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      I kinda like the metallic polka dots but the fencing masks have got to go. Holy WTF, Batman!

    • demidaemon

      Well, we were due for some WTF and ugly after the Elie Saab and Prive collections and here it is! ICK.

      Does it count as couture if you a) cut up a bunch of ugly curtains and sew them back together b) make a single rally unflattering hem cut that shows up to the ass and/or c) obliterate all the faces of your models with either mesh or bedazzled gimp masks that probably have crossed the line into misogyny?

      • conniemd

        I think it’s worse than an unflattering hem cut because it looks like the actual dresses are only a long side flap and that the short cut line continues all the way around the ass to the other side. They don’t show the back of any of these from the models on the other side of the runway, so I can’t tell.

        edit- never mind. I looked back again for about the 4th time and looking at the crack between the thighs (how vulgar is that?) I can see where the material ends and you can see the floor the rest of the way down.

        • demidaemon

          Yeah, I didn’t exactly know how to phrase whatever these dresses are supposed to be. Words truly failed me. I did doublecheck after reading your comment and, interestingly enough, while you can see some of the other designs from the back, none of the ones with the extremely asymmetrical hems can be seen. Coincidence? I think not.

          They are vulgar, no way about it. I repeat my earlier conclusion about this collection: ICK.

    • marlie

      The other end of the fashion spectrum from Elie Saab and Armani Prive. These are frankenclothes and they’re hiddy.

    • http://www.robertjamesfischer.tumblr.com Theda

      I appreciate the Pierrot-ness of that white top in the second image and jackets in the end.

      A good part of the collection is painfully over-designed – lobster couture !

    • EveEve

      Next!

    • Maggie Smith

      This has given me some inspiration for my next quilt.

    • Shelby

      I …. like some of the fabrics?

    • jilly_d

      I like the sheer with metallic polka dots, and would like to see it (lined and belted) on someone like Olivia Munn. All the rest of this can and should be burned.

    • Joycelyn Watterson-Woods

      That is A Lot of what the fuckery! When one of your models appears to be carrying her bath mat you may have veered off course

    • PinkyK

      It’s tough to be frumpy and slutty but they did it!

    • Imasewsure

      Hate the assymetrical slit dresses and the ugly satin looks at the end but I think I actually like some of the other stuff. Chic patchwork? It’s interesting at least even if it doesn’t work as well as the designer thinks it does

    • Lindsey Romain

      I actually think these are bizarre and gorgeous. Maybe not in a red carpet way, but those patterns are to die and some of the construction is just incredible.

    • Abigail Chang

      I like three pieces and three pieces only. The white shirt in #2 because it’s kind of chic and you could actually, like, wear it. The yellow dress with the draped sleeve in #7 is breezy and sort of Caribbean couture (good model choice). And the red prawn. It’s awesome and fabulous. Note, none of these are good clothes for the same reason because they are randomly good in a systematically bad collection.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Hire a designer who knows how to edit.

    • matildarf

      I find 11, 12, 13 very interesting. I LOVE the one shoulder “capes” and the sheer polka dot fabric. Some of the quilt inspired things are interesting but very over done, IMO.

      • matildarf

        Also, some day’s I would love one of those face covers!!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      There are some gorgeous textiles in this collection, too bad the designer didn’t use them more effectively.

      • decormaven

        Very kind comment. Unfortunately, I’m not feeling as generous. If there is a vision here, I need better glasses.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I was having one of my occasionally kind moments. I’m genuinely puzzled by so many of these looks. The sheer bodices with boobs peeking out, but most of all the haphazard, or sloppy use of these fabrics-why?.

    • luludexter

      ugh. (not) hot mess.

    • TinyDynamo

      All the ugly asshattery of “clothing” aside, those dotted face snood thingys make all the model’s heads/faces look creepily photoshopped onto their bodies. I dislike this immensely.

    • understateddiva

      Shellfish is the new black! I sure as hell am not bored. I like the fabrics and colors. Wish it didn’t include ALL the fabrics and colors, but, ya know, details.

    • OffToSeeHim

      Hate the facewear, and the attempted dehumanization of the models.

    • uprightcitizen

      I tried to picture these without the awful “footglove/sock/sandal” monstrosities on the models’ feet … but it’s hard to do. Seems like they would look better, though. Take away the veils and masks, and a few of these would be very pretty in a “drama/art teacher goes out to a fancy party” sort of way.

    • Dagney

      are you guys screwing with us? this cant be real. it look like a sample sale at couch factory. what the hell…..

    • Shawn EH

      I like the crazy quilts! And you know some starlet is going to rock the hip skirt!

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Maison Martin Margiela has a fetish for these head bags. It don’t care for it, but I am intrigued by the lobster dresses. Who could legit wear one of those? Lady Gaga?

    • quiltrx

      On the good side…there are some truly gorgeous prints here. On the bad side…a shame about the horrid ways they’ve been deployed.
      The Van Gogh ‘Irises’ dress is an incredible idea…I just wish there were more dress to the dress.
      (did you guys see the young lady who painted ‘Starry Night’ on her prom dress? It was amazing.)

    • Gatto Nero

      Some of the prints, brocades, and sheers are really rich and beautiful. But I’m not wild about the overt patchwork stuff (#1, and the “I love you” dress”), and a couple of these pieces look unfinished.
      ETA: The last three (the satin separates, especially with the bathmat stoles) just look lazy to me, as though they needed to complete the collection in a hurry.

    • Watts

      It’s the “Butterface Collection”

    • lilibetp

      There’s some very pretty fabric. Too bad it’s put together in such a demented way.

    • frannyprof

      Los Luchadores meets seafood buffet. Interesting aesthetic.

    • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

      LUV the high diagonal hemmed pieces…simple n modern. Over the mask gimmick!

    • evave2

      The hockey masks really turned me off. REALLY.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      i think several pieces, on their own, are wonderful. the jacket in the first photo, the white pants in the second, the jacket or sweater in the third, the bodysuit in the eighth, the long vest in the ninth … a few lively pieces that could add a touch of personality (or dash of insanity, maybe; sometimes it’s same thing!) to a well-rounded wardrobe.

    • d4divine

      It’s weird…it’s Margiela…I could make many of the pieces work…I continue to adore those masks.

    • Jarethee

      It’s times like this I think I just don’t get fashion. That said, I feel bad for the models who have to walk with a bedazzled oven mit over their face. Can they see? Can they breathe?

      The second, third, and fourth pieces down are kinda wearable?

    • BookManFilm

      when you start putting crochet masks on your models you know you are in trouble. awful.

    • SewingSiren

      Odd mix.

    • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

      Most of it looks cheap and poorly made, but I’d kill to see that lobster dress in an editorial featuring Charlize Theron.

    • PeggyOC

      Nothing else is great, but OMG, that iris dress. Ravishing.

    • V No Privacy

      Scrolled down deciding which Kardashian would wear each item. None of the results were pretty.

    • Tracy Walker

      Where old wallpaper swatches go to die. Out, Out, I Say!

    • empath

      craft show using sari and kimono remnants, hiding the faces of the models with snoods to protect their identity.
      …and a stunning iris dress

    • Anna

      Is it bad that I kind of want some misguided fashion victim to attempt the lobster dress, with I dunno…Moschino Fall 2014 accessories, just so I can laugh at them?

    • decormaven

      If a designer puts “I Love You” on a garment, do I have to love it back?

    • rhône

      MMM is a legendary brand and to me this feels like a strong continuation of his surrealist/deconstructivist aesthetic. which isn’t to say that i like looking at it — the “asian-inspired” looks at the end feel especially half-assed while also looking overdone (related: the piece i covet most in here is actually that chartreuse fur wrap – creepy/ugly meets luxury! i’m here for it) — but it makes sense to me in the context of MMM. the all-white ensemble towards the beginning is a stunner.

      this is making me long for his a/w 2011 and 2012 couture collections so bad. this “artisanal couture” shit is not working for me.

      • conniemd

        Undoubtedly that’s why I’ll never get high fashion. Thom Browne makes really interesting costumes for his runway shoes. These don’t seem to rise to the level of costumes. Your surrealist point makes me feel like project runway contestants were taken to a bad surrealist art show – maybe Salvadore Dali or latter Picasso wannabees and told to design a collection based on them.

        • rhône

          i see what you mean, i just think that good vs. bad surrealism is largely a matter of personal taste — i love dali, for instance. :)

    • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

      We had scraps of shit hanging around the studio so we decided to throw it on women.

    • ModernDowager

      Some interesting ideas but mostly a mess. Disappointing, MMM.

    • MarissaLG

      There’s no humor in this collection (maybe aside from the prawns which I liked a lot). When you’re gonna go this route, everything needs to be perfectly styled and it should be clever and winky and this just falls flat to me.

    • Belvane

      I need to go look at the Elie Saab collection again to reboot my eyes.

    • conniemd

      Possibly the greatest number of frankendresses ever seen on the same runway together.

    • Jennifer Schiller

      I wish I could unsee this.

    • Innuendo

      Quilt and upholstery fabric. Boring shapes and
      luchador masks. Ugh. Just no.

    • Coralie Legister

      Wut?

    • Clash D

      Most of this collection to me looks like a mash of last year’s Versace + Mary Katranzou, with some Stella Mc knock-offs thrown in.

      Second to last photo looks like the model robbed a bank after finishing a Lion Dance competition at Chinatown.

    • lilazander

      That’s just as fug as it gets. Maybe some f the dresses as has bee pointed out earlier (the so-colled “prawn” dresses) are work-consuming but it all looks artsy, not even Project Runway, unless we’re talking about Blane (remember?).