Sam Taylor Wood shooting the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M campaign
When H&M confirmed that its next collaboration is with Maison Martin Margiela, like everyone else, I was surprised but the partnership is without doubt one of the ones I'm most excited about. Since the initial preview images were released not much has been said about the line, which is hardly surprising considering that Anna Dello Russo's accessories line has just dropped but that's quickly changing.
Today the high street retailer confirmed that Sam Taylor Wood has shot both the print and film campaigns for the collection. The British photographer and film director partnered up with creative director Markus Kiersztan and shot the campaign on the streets in Paris. Only one image has been released showing the model wearing a squarish oversized jacket; very Margiela.
The collection hits stores on November 15 with the print ads dropping later this month.
Last week the lovely Abi Marvel invited me, and four of my favourite bloggers, to play dress up at The Outnet offices. The idea behind the afternoon was for us to pick out our favourite pieces from the retailers' current offerings that reflected how we would dress for three specific summer occasions.
The first was a day out shopping and I opted for a bright pink neon Christopher Kane dress from a few seasons ago, which, after a lot of convincing from the girls and the Outnet team, I fell in love with. As someone who doesn't tend to steer to far from black, opting for pink and neon was a big step out of my comfort zone but I'm now convinced.
Next up was a festival theme so true to form I chose a fringed Maison Martin Margiela gillet, teamed with a simple tee from Alexander Wang, lattice tank from J. Crew and the most amazing chain mail necklace from Fiona Paxton. Saying that, my favourite outfit of the afternoon was a black Emanuel Ungaro halter neck dress that I still can't stop thinking about.
H&M's partnership with Maison Martin Margiela isn't the only shock collaboration being announced this week. Today Kohl's confirmed that they are starting to partner with designers to offer affordable designs and first up is Narciso Rodriguez. WWD reports that the designer, most known for outfitting Michelle Obama on election night back in 2008, has signed on to create a one-off collection for the retailer that will drop this winter.
The announcement is unexpected because it marks Kohl moving in a new direction. They're known for working with celebrities having worked with Jennifer Lopez and Lauren Conrad on lines but aside from their partnership with Vera Wang, they haven't really teamed up with designers before. So far they haven't released information about what can we expect but since their partnership with Rodriguez kicks off their new designer collaborations, I'm sure it will be good.
'MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA is one of the most important and influential fashion houses of the past three decades,' Margareta van der Bosh, H&M's creative director, said in a statement. 'I am so excited by this radical collaboration which will give fashion lovers around the world the chance to wear special pieces by MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA. This collaboration will be a great and memorable fashion moment.'
After H&M announced that they are collaborating with Anna Dello Russo on a jewellery collection, naturally everyone's attention switched too who the next big designer collaborator will be. Tom Ford's name was thrown in the hat by Business Week back in November but it looks like Maison Martin Margiela is their next big partnership.
This morning WWD reported that the high street retailer is about to confirm that they are teaming up with the brand on a one-off holiday collaboration. When I reached out to the UK press team today they refrained to comment on the rumours but considering the buzz around the reports, it looks likely that the collection will go ahead.
It's officially that time of year when we all need to hang up the shorts and pack away the sandals and start thinking about our winter wardrobes and if there's one item of clothing that you should splurge on, it's definitely a winter coat. Though our bank balances might disagree, a good winter coat is definitely worth the investment and these looks, particularly the Stella McCartney, Rick Owens, Theyskens' Theory and Miu Miu styles, will see you from season to season.
The Derek Lam parka jacket is a perfect transitional piece as it works just as well as a cover up in warmer temperatures as it does in the winter, as it allows for enough layers underneath to keep you warm. If you're looking for something more edgy the leather sleeved coat from The Row definitely works. Especially in England, winter seems to last forever so you want a coat that's warm but still interesting and you won't mind wearing all of the time and that coat definitely ticks those boxes. Again with the help of The Row, you can embrace all things colour in their bright orange coat that looks refreshingly different compared to the predominantly dark colours on offer.
Although ever mysterious, it still came as a bit of a shock to us when it was officially announced that the reclusive Martin Margiela had left his eponymous house, Maison Martin Margiela. Interviews with the designer known for his experimentation with fashion were few and far between, and although his avant garde collections left him critically acclaimed, it became apparent that the celebrity scene was not to his taste.
Though his experimental designs were celebrated greatly in the time he designed for the label, Margeila fans mourning his departure have taken to collecting the original, and most unusual of his works. Katy Rodriguez, owner of vintage retailer Ressurection recently collected a range of over 1000 original pieces, all of which had been accumulated by a single collector, including the cloven-toed 'tabi' boots, and Margiela tunics made up of gloves, caps and wigs. Rodriguez's newly acquired collection will go on sale in store and online at 1stdibs.com, from the 11th of February.
As we begin a new decade, so does Maison Martin Margiela. The fashion house that had to say goodbye to its founder, who left last year, has clearly decided that it is time for a new challenge. Having maintained a different approach to its interpretation of fashion and the industry for two decades, the brand hopes to keep up this tradition with the launch of debut scent to be distributed by L'Oreal and aptly named 'Untitled.'
Paying tribute to Martin Margiela's vision and that of his team, Daniela Andrier, whose olfactory senses helped bring about the perfume, has managed to pull together "floral, woody and very green" scents alongside "ambery and oriental" notes. Clearly an expert in the field, Andrier has also created YSL's Rive Gauche, Gucci Rush for men and a number of Prada perfumes. With Untitled, she has created a scent that can be worn by "anyone, anywhere" and has said, "I am grateful to Maison Martin Margiela for whispering the formula for this perfume into my ear."
This week we confirmed that Daul Kim was found dead in her apartment in Paris earlier this week. The 20-year-old (who had walked and starred in campaigns for the likes of Chanel, Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela and most recently Christopher Kane for Topshop, to name but a few) was found by her yet-to-be-named boyfriend, hanged in her apartment. Police are investigating, but they have said her death appears to have been a suicide.
Despite a busy work schedule, it seems that everything wasn't what it seemed behind closed doors for the quirky 5'10" model, painter and aspiring video filmmaker (she had exhibited a show of her artwork in Seoul). Last month she decided it was time to leave her hometown, having said it made her "mad, depressed and over worked". She relocated from Seoul to Paris and it seemed life was looking up for Kim, who posted on her blog: "I've left Seoul and I'm in Paris - I'm happy!"
This happiness, however, was short-lived by the first week of November, her posts soon took on a darker tone, "I already accept that I relate to nothing. The more I gain, the more lonely it is...I know I'm like a ghost." By her last and final post entitled "Say hi to forever", she attached the video of the song 'I go deep', by British artist Jim Rivers.