It seems that the evergrowing trend of designers leaving their eponymous line is continuing, this time with the ever so mysterious Martin Margiela. Always known for being evidently reclusive, Margiela rarely gave interviews, and never took a catwalk bow for the label that ran under his own name. His face had been relatively unseen by the public until a photograph of the camera shy Belgian designer was published in an article for the New York Times last year.
His minimal, sleek designs are loved by fashionistas throughout the world - Margiela is known for pushing the boundaries and producing avant-garde, experimental and daring pieces, all within the confines of simplicity. Beginning his career at in the eighties at Jean Paul Gaultier - where the designer worked for many years - he later launched his own label, Maison Martin Margiela in 1989. Sadly, Renzo Rosso, owner of Diesel who bought a majority stake in MMM seven years ago told WGSN this weekend "'Martin has not been there for a long time", he confirmed. "'He is here but not here. We have a new fresh design team on board. We are focusing on young, realistic energy for the future; this is really Margiela for the year 2015". Fashionista fans of Margiela will still be able to get hold of his designs at Hermés, where he continues to be creative director, however it looks like as Maison Martin Margiela celebrates it's 20th anniversary, it will be doing so without the man behind the name.