John Galliano made his fashion return debut today in London with the Maison Martin Margiela Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. The ‘Artisanal Show’ was attended by fashion elites Alber Elbaz, head designer at the house of Lanvin, Christopher Bailey of Burberry and celebrated shoemaker Manolo Blahnik among others. The world was watching because Galliano returned with his fashion genius by creating looks that returned to his roots reminiscent of when he started in London in the nineties.
The ‘Artisanal Show’ is a deep commitment to the extraordinary possibilities of the Maison’s Atelier and the art of Haute Couture, led by a fashion master who understands tailoring, techniques and craftsmanship like a new explorer, or painter. This new collection is piece by piece, deconstructing and constructing a new story for Margiela.
With make up by the renowned Pat McGrath, hair by Eugene Souleiman, music by Jeremy Healy and lighting by Jan Kroez, the show was a powerful and fierce yet refined mix of fabrics and materials. There were looks that was either stripped down, or reborn together in startling and unexpected ways. The show stopper was a red jigsaw of lacquered shells reminiscent of Arcimboldo style figures.
Overall, the Maison Martin Margiela collection did not disappoint with Galliano now in charge. The time and emotion behind each cut, each line, each vision is like looking through a glass, discovering an elusive, rare even arrestingly strange new beauty; A world deep in its past but with promises of the future. Check out some of the key looks below from the ‘Artisanal Show.’