Maison Margiela presents deconstructed garments and energizing styling in their co-ed Fall Winter 2020 show at Paris Fashion Week.
The collection entitled, “Recicla” includes vintage garments, handpicked by creative director John Galliano to create striking upcycled one of a kind pieces, not dissimilar to the eco-consciousness of other fashion labels such as John Paul Gautier, Guy Laroche, and Marine Serre as of late.
The FW2020 show draws inspiration from Martin Margiela’s own Replica line, comprised of clothing he and the original Margiela team source from second-hand stores and flea markets to duplicate. To go further this year, Galliano has incorporated couture garments into pieces on the runway that will eventually be available for purchase. Juxtaposing details of the bourgeois wardrobe with the exaggerated deconstruction embedded within the house DNA is an interplay between the two aesthetics Galliano relished in.
Other pieces in the collection spoke to the concept of deconstruction and bricolage including bags made from taro leaves, clothing made from deadstock leather, and wicker baskets restored from the ‘30s through ‘70s. The looks on the runway provide a visual experience that colorfully subvert mass consumption. Split complementary hues such as red and deep green then soft mauve and blue glided down the catwalk on deconstructed trenches, slip dresses, and wide-brimmed hats grounded with a selection of tabi shoes.
What’s new is old and what’s old is new. As Margiela’s runway concludes, the house represents the intrinsic desire for design and success in extending the frontiers of sustainability.