Yoox, home to highly coveted designer brands like Diane von Furstenberg, Valentino, and Stella McCartney, just kicked off its major Fall/Winter sale! We couldn't be more excited to scoop up the can't-miss deals — 40 percent off, to be exact — featuring an irresistible array of clothing, shoes, and bags. The best part? We sought out the crème de la crème just for you with our exciting picks, highlighting everything from holiday-ready dresses to cold-weather essentials.
"We have wanted to work with Kanye West for a very long time, ever since he became a close friend of the Maison, supporting us a lot and coming to our shows," a spokesperson for the house told Vogue UK. "We like his music and the vision he had for the tour."
The Margiela designers had a slightly easier time working with the rapper than APC's founder Jean Touitou, who famously said his collaboration with the rapper took "two years to create just three items."
"Everything went very smoothly since our first meetings with Kanye at the beginning of the year," the statement from Maison Martin Margiela said. "Kanye already performed in a crystal veil from our Fall 2012 couture collection during a show in Paris last year, so it was an obvious decision to integrate some of them into the wardrobe."
West's tour is scheduled to be in his hometown of Chicago this week and will end in Houston on Dec. 7.
What do you get when you mix highlighter cat eyes and hair that stands on its ends? The beauty look at Maison Martin Margiela's Spring 2014. Hair was slicked down and matted with loads of gel and then twisted into a sideswept chignon. Some of the hair had so much product in it, it stuck out from the sides of models' heads. The makeup look was kept completely bare . . . except for the rainbow of eye colors painted into squares above the models' eyes. The overall look was modern and slightly wacky, but we'd expect nothing less from Margiela.
If last season's Maison Martin Margiela show was all about cheeky charm, Spring 2014 tried to achieve serious sparkle. Models snaked down a runway in some truly spectacular looks cut from burgundy cloth and a beautiful blue pinstripe material, but what stole the show were the garments that incorporated shiny paillettes or small stones. A midriff-baring top was paired with trousers and a belt that had strands of these rhinestones hanging from it, while an otherwise simple combination of a white shirt and blue trousers was intensified with the addition of a sparkly pink corset and an artfully applied piece of tulle.
There were moments here when you felt the Maison plucking at the modernist chord that's been running through the past few seasons of collections, but the model who came down the runway in what looked like an 18th century French officer's jacket didn't gel with that sentiment quite so well.
Maison Martin Margiela's much-talked-about collaboration with Converse recasts the shoe brand's classic kicks with a bit of the French fashion house's avant-garde styling.
The partnership takes Converse's timeless shoes (the Chuck Taylor All Star high-tops and the Jack Purcell sneakers, to be exact) and covers them in a coat of white paint. Over time, the paint is supposed to chip off to expose one of four colors (white, black, blue, or red) underneath. Both shoes will be available this month and will retail for $200.
"The Maison has always been obsessed with white; it is used as a layer to give an incognito feeling," the house said in a statement, "a sort of poetry. With the passage of time, the shoe asserts itself."
The only thing not surprising about couture is that there will be plenty of surprises. Each season, the Haute Couture elite send their most intricate work down the runway, but among the lace and beaded beauties, there's always a shocker (or two).
While we continue to take in all the wondrous sights of the latest Paris collections (the week officially kicked off with the Atelier Versace show) we're looking back at some of the iconic moments that we'll never forget, like Maison Martin Margiela's jeweled face masks and Valentino's red curtain call. See them all here, in the gallery.
Maison Martin Margiela's masked crusaders were at it again at the label's Fall 2013 Haute Couture show. This time plucked with flowers, dripping with paint, and encased in crystals, the face coverings complemented the creations while adding drama to the collection's more subtle offerings (though calling knee-high boots and cuffed boyfriend jeans sans blouse "subtle" may be a bit of an understatement!).
The botanically inspired lineup marched down the runway with an edge that's not typically reserved for blossoms. Enhanced by brooding jewel tones — and again, those masks — the designs were both romantic and dark at once. Transitioning into heavy colorblock leather separates, dichotomy was once again at play. Can leather look relaxed and slouchy? Margiela answered "yes." And we wouldn't disagree.
Victoria Beckham is the Woman of the Decade! Well, that is, according to Glamour UK, which held its annual Women of the Year Awards in London last night. Victoria brought her son Brooklyn as her date, while Cara Delevingne cheered on best friend Rita Ora for snagging the Solo Artist award. Get all the highlights straight from London. On Allison: Club Monaco, Express.
Maison Martin Margiela turned on its signature cheeky charm for Fall 2013. Traditional menswear fabrics and finely tailored separates were given a playful spin thanks to kooky proportions, clever details, and graffiti-like scribbles. The backs of tops and coats, for example, featured thick bands across the shoulders meant for tucking hair securely into place, while the sleeves of otherwise classic-looking jackets came with enormous, hand-obscuring cuffs.
All black never looked so chic, thanks to this perfectly put together bit of street style. Utilizing Winter's cozy textures, this styler paired a warm shearling jacket with a cuddly gray knit topper and a leather skirt. The cherry on top? Her slick Givenchy wedge boots not only keep her legs warm, the structured shape injects a cutting-edge tilt to her downtown getup. You too, can achieve the same textural Winter look with just a few key pieces; just shop our editors' similar picks below and get ready to turn heads.Shop clockwise starting left: Nasty Gal Great Heights shearling jacket ($115), Phillip Lim embellished sweater ($215, originally $475), French Connection leather skirt ($120, originally $288), Maison Martin Margiela wedge boot ($346, originally $770)
Source: Adam Katz Sinding