Paris Fashion Week: Maison Martin Margiela's quirky take on the masculine / feminine trend
Maison Martin Margiela -- now operating without its namesake designer -- took on the masculine/ feminine theme, showing a balance of quirky pieces and classics with a twist.
First, the wacky: man-tailored pants and skirts with stand away hoop waists that defeminized the models by banishing their curves; gargantuan fur hats that swallowed them up; and metal belts resembling a man's watch bracelet that kept them in check. Interesting ideas, but they didn't have as much wit as those from Margiela himself.
The tweaked classics showed more promise -- trousers slit up the backs of the legs, and superbly tailored overcoats with oversized sleeves flattened like wings.
-- Booth Moore, reporting from Paris
Photos: Maison Martin Margiela's fall 2010 runway in Paris. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times