Maison Margiela: Haute Couture SS17

Ghostly embroidered faces on tulle adorn the heads of models who walk the Margiela Haute Couture Spring 2017 show. The weird illustration-like looks that flowed down the runway are said to be about past and present filters that are adorned and stripped away by societies obsession with labeling. It was almost as though John Galliano was poking fun at all of humanities missing parts. As if each look, was his crude representation of what was at one point or another, a luxuriously elegant ensemble.

The line was complete with deconstructed looks. From voluminous dresses to tattered trench coats and shredded cocktail dresses, the show looked like the result of the recycling bin of a Central Saint Martin‘s fashion studio. After being fired from Christian Dior after making the anti-Semitic remark regarding Hitler, John Galliano is back with an equally as trouble collection. Though many people are not quite sure what to make of it, the collection is undoubtedly entertaining.

Though it is true that Galliano’s recent work is not the most emotionally involved or historically prominent, it’s a wonder his creations are the highest regarded in the fashion arena. No matter how strange, his creations continue to gain much recognition. Some people even questioned whether this collection’s conception was under the influence of hallucinogens. One thing is for certain, Galiano’s great mind is unquestionably entangled in madness.

James Buford

James D. Buford is a fashion commentator, writer, fashion designer, and musician-producer based in Portland, Oregon. You can follow more of his images and words on  Instagram / Facebook / Twitter

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