While filming scenes for the upcoming season of Smash in NYC, Katharine McPhee worked a taupe leather jacket, colorful scarf, and peep-toe Maison Martin Margiela ankle booties ($855). The actress layered her Fall essentials over a lavender sweater and black skinny jeans, then accessorized with a stud-trim Romygold hobo and gold pyramid necklace. Pair her exact leather booties with everything from shorts and skirts to a chic dress now, then style them with an edgy leather jacket and bold scarf like Katharine when the temperatures start to cool down.
Leave it to Victoria Beckham to look insanely chic in black and white while on a shopping spree in Paris. The designer strutted her svelte stuff in a white Jil Sander collared blouse, which she tucked into a black column-style maxi skirt by Maison Martin Margiela ($875). Her accessories included a black Victoria Beckham satchel, which she held on to, her signature oversized square sunglasses, black platform suede Giuseppe Zanotti booties ($795), and a chunky rose-gold watch. While this outfit might be a bit too fancy for your next retail excursion, it would look appropriate for an important meeting at the office. Just pair Victoria's exact blouse, or any other crisp white top, with a black maxi skirt, and chic accessories. Looking luxe like Victoria, you'll surely have everyone's attention.
Maison Martin Margiela's "artisanal"-themed Fall 2012 Couture collection combined found materials in exquisite handcrafted pieces that made perhaps the most avant-garde statement in Paris this week. The 15-piece collection included such items as an overcoat made from a windsurf sail, a jacket composed of baseball mitts, and a sleeveless jacket that used a crystal doorknob found in New York City as its fastener. Raf Simons, who started the week with his debut Couture collection for Dior, was seated in the front row at the show, leading many in the audience to believe that Margiela himself would make an appearance (the two are said to be good friends). But Margiela never showed his face . . . nor did the models who walked the runway, with their heads obscured by crystal-studded masks. The high-concept design in this collection stayed — literally — close to head and heart. Below the waist, most of the models wore pants cut from raw cotton or simple lace.
Though details are scant and reports are unconfirmed, the Internet is abuzz today with rumors that Maison Martin Margiela will be H&M's next collaborator. "According to market sources, the fast-fashion behemoth will soon announce that Maison Martin Margiela is its latest guest designer to produce a one-off collection," with the collection coming this Holiday season, WWD reports.
"We never comment on rumors," a spokesperson from H&M Stockholm responded.
Stay tuned for more details.
Update: H&M confirmed Tuesday that rumors of a collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela are true, and said that a collection of accessories and ready-to-wear for men and women will be sold in H&M stores around the world and online starting Nov. 15.
"Maison Martin Margiela is one of the most important and influential fashion houses of the past three decades," said H&M creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch. "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."
The French fashion house, which always speaks in the collective "we," issued a statement saying, "The democracy of our fashion has always been at the center of our creativity, and the collaboration with H&M allows us to push this instinct further. We will bring together the contrasting universes of the two houses in ways that will surprise all."
The Swedish retailer tweeted the announcement with a link to a video of a hand sketching a women's sweater. It added later, "Of course @MMM_Official with H&M collection includes menswear!" with a link to a picture of the same hand sketching a men's car coat. Take a look at both below.
— Additional reporting by Justin Fenner
Above, Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2012
There are many reasons to steer clear of hats from ill-fitting toppers to the threat of hat hair, but Gwen Stefani and Elizabeth Olsen prove that the right hat can add instant street cred to your everyday ensembles. Gwen paired a plaid newsboy cap with silver Vivienne Westwood jeans and peep-toe Maison Martin Margiela booties while heading into a music studio in Santa Monica, while Elizabeth chose a dark fur coat, oversized Chloe bag, and velour fedora for strolling the streets of Tribeca. Check out our picks of dapper toppers inspired by the duo; whichever style you choose, it will be sure to turn heads.
There was an ease to Maison Martin Margiela for Fall 2012, and even though the house promoted some interesting ideas — maxi skirt sliced halfway off, anyone? — the majority of the collection was filled with softly tailored separates and outerwear that had a clean, classic timelessness to it. But first, those interesting ideas: turtlenecks that covered models' faces, and dresses and skirts that looked like someone took scissors to a kimono and then stitched it all back together. It still managed to feel clean and precise, perhaps another reference to Japan.
- Trends: menswear, kimono-inspired dressing, peplum, deconstruction, and monochromatic dressing.
- Colors: black, white, red, camel, and brown.
- Key Piece: The menswear-inspired overcoats.
- Who Would Wear It: This is for the edgy girl who grows up and wants to look a bit more tailored, but not by mainstream standards — Kristen Stewart of the future.
>> Trick-the-eye cuts — for example, capes with sewn-down sleeves that looked like classic overcoats, and skirts with split-fronts that made them look like tuxedo trousers — dominated Maison Martin Margiela's Fall 2012 outing. Silhouettes were generous, the palette was subdued, and the house's mannish tailoring was in full display. "The shapes and construction of each piece of clothing derives from a specific gesture: attitudes such as 'over the shoulder,' 'hands in pockets,' and 'stand-up collar' inspire new, oversize volumes," the show notes explained.
>> Haider Ackermann admitted Sunday that there are houses he'd like to design for — his name, coincidentally, has been thrown into the ring for the Dior job — and the backer for his signature label, Anne Chapelle, confirmed that he's contractually free to work elsewhere: “I would be very proud and would continue to support him and be a mentor in the mind.” But, she notes, when Ackermann was asked to take over at Martin Margiela after the designer left, “I said to Haider: ‘Do you understand the Margiela woman? If the answer is positive, I have no objection. But can you cope with a big house? Here it is very protective. If you scream, I am there to support you.'” [WWD, IHT]