"I've never denied how influenced I am by Margiela or by Rei Kawakubo, those are people that inspire my work. I don't hide that... Everyone is influenced by Comme des Garçons and by Martin Margiela. Anybody who's aware of what life is in a contemporary world is influenced by those designers." - Marc Jacobs
Walking down Great Marlborough street this evening I spied a massive queue snaking round to the doors of H&M Regent Street. Something was afoot. Ah, how could I forget that Margiela's collaboration was launching in the UK tomorrow? While snapping the windows like a tourist I overheard a brash American holler "who the fuck is Margiela?" Although I chuckled to myself, it's not actually a bad question. Margiela is fashion's invisible man, notorious for not giving interviews or having his picture taken. I for one have never seen the man that has influenced so many designers and, until recently, had not given much thought to his brand.
Margiela is the master of simplicity. His pattern cutting is clean but exciting with oversized key pieces each season. Whilst I probably won't be hotfooting it down to H&M in the morning to grab me a slice of fashion history, I do love these high-street/high-end collaborations. They make luxury fashion more accessible for those who would love to buy it but cannot usually afford to whilst also introducing lesser-known designers to a whole new audience.
If anybody fancies queuing on my behalf, please grab me these invisible wedge ankle boots. You have my word that I will repay you as soon as I win the Euromillions. Thanks!x
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