What an innovative collection! It might have taken more than a decade to relive yet another amazing concept on the fashion runway, but it was worth the wait. Maison Martin Margiela Hommes Spring/ Summer 2012 collection turned out to be a reminiscent of what Hussein Chalayan did with his Autumn/ Winter 2000 collection where he pioneered the concept of 'homeware as outerwear'.
Keeping the focus on the detailing and elaboration of the outfits, Maison came out with one of the most wearable collections of Paris Fashion Week. Whether it was the concept that was irresistibly captivating or the elaboration done on the clothes that mesmerized our fashion senses, Maison’s Spring Summer 2012 collection was amazing and did enough justice to the authentic fashion etiquette. Voguish hues like blue and red took on the spotlight, but there was enormous amount of neutral shades like white and black that helped even out the monotony on the runway. Strapless gown with models holding her assets, hybrid mash-ups and oversized female dresses- these all were nothing but fashionably unusual.
As soon as our fashion sleuths laid eyes on it, we were left with a mixed bag reactions. The collection was not only risk bearing or groundbreaking, but was entirely cool and funky. Margiela showed off an eternal romance between casual sportswear and smoky evening outfits. While accessories and detailing was the core of the collection, Margiela enthusiastically highlighted the collection with the knack of edgy shades. There wasn’t much room for pointing out errors. After all, when creativity takes over, your words only render appreciation.
The risk taking concept of homeware as outerwear
Maison’s parade of dresses, from the printed garments to the striped ones and even the checked pieces, spoke for both fashion-forward fashionistas and conservative dudes. It wasn't only the dresses that took us by surprise; the show format was itself something that was equally intoxicating. First, a short film and then, the dolled up models in eccentric dresses took us back to the year 2000 when the fashion designer, Hussein Chalayan introduced the daring concept of 'homeware as outerwear' in his unusual collection. His experimental approach of incorporating the innovative materials and technology in his ‘Afterwords’ collection, which was displayed in Autumn Winter 2000 is still engraved as one of the incredible collections in fashion history. Who can forget that architecturally morphed dress designed with 15,000 flickering red lights and Swarovski crystal?
Well, with innumerable fashion weeks slated on for the upcoming fall, we just can’t wait to witness some more ahead-of-the-time fashion. Designers, are you listening?