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Choose Your Fighter (Lover): Full Leather Badass or Glistening Glamorous Heartthrob

February 3, 2020 15:13

Overall, what we can take away from the Autumn-Winter 2020 collections showcased at Paris Fashion Week, is that there was a lot of bling and a whole lot of leather. TITLE was there to take a closer look at the menswear for you.

On one side we have Dior's couture embroidery resplendent coat, designed by Kim Jones, which took more than 1000 hours to craft, with the result being breathtaking yet effortless. Then on the other side we have a head to toe leather look by Fendi, which erases the heavy rough feeling from the usual head to toe leather look and brings a more youthful freshness to the drip. There are two directions for the gentlemen. You can be a full leather badass or you can also become a glisten glamorous heartthrob or both, it’s your choice.

We have compiled six different vibes you can reference to no matter which fighter (lover) you choose to be in 2020 Autumn/Winter seasons. 

Luxury Casual Chic

A full leather look can be much sometimes, but when it’s used in more casual silhouette, it becomes a day to day wear with a more effortless chic touch.

Formal Business Slayer

Leather always gives off a fierce and strong vibe, so why not have a full-on leather formal wear. It is a statement to the world, saying: “Yes, I am here, and I am here to conquer the world”.

Underground Slouchy Matrix

When it comes to leather, the underground, techno influence is inevitable. Combining that with a loose-fitting slouchy matrix soldier vibe is the type of badass attitude we should all have in 2020.

Embroidered Sophisticated Glam

This is for the gentlemen who value details, a shirt is not a simple shirt, and a jacket is more than just a jacket. An embroidered item shows that you take the time necessary to take care of yourself and you pay great attention to detail.

Shiny Vibrant Charm

Who said winter colors are boring? A vibrant shiny set is funky and playful, it’s charming. You are the party of life, we all need some fun this winter season.

Glistening Luscious Spark

Sparkle is not exclusively for the ladies. We all need some more sparkle in our lives (and outfits). When you walk into the room, all eyes are on you.

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The employees in the boutiques, in the design studio and in the backstage area at fashion shows wear white lab coats, as was common in the ateliers of the great couturiers, e.g. Christian Dior, and is still common today. The fashion shows for the high-priced fashion sometimes took place in the context of the Paris Prêt-à-porter shows in unconventional locations, up to shabby surroundings (construction site, metro station, dining room of the Salvation Army etc.). The boutiques are kept in plain white and gray. Margiela originally selected unspectacular locations such as a residential area in Tokyo and did not publish the addresses of the boutiques in order to require the customer to make an effort to find the store at all. The first Margiela store opened in Tokyo in 2000 and the first European boutique was inaugurated in Brussels in 2002. In 2008, a boutique opened in a basement on the edge of Munich's Maximilianstrasse. This was followed by participation in numerous exhibitions, including "Radical Fashion", which was shown in 2001 at the V&A Museum in London. In 2010 there were 36 own stores worldwide.  In 2015 there were over 50 stores worldwide, including boutiques, that only carry the MM6 collection.

The company followed a very restrictive communication policy. The designer can neither be photographed nor interviewed. Only his creations should speak for themselves and the designs should be perceived as the overall performance of the team. That's why the team always shows up in white doctor's coats after the fashion shows - nobody should stand out.

By recycling old fashion, separating, recoloring, reversing seams and zippers, both the origin and the artificial of the art of tailoring are shown. Margiela puts together what doesn't belong together: by hand, jeans turn into skirts, old army socks become pullovers. Baptized by the press as deconstructivism, this current is defined by an abrupt collision of different materials, which at first glance appear inharmonic in the sense of conventional viewing habits. Margiela herself rejects the term "deconstructivism". He resurrected clothes in a new form, he told ELLE in 1991.

Margiela was the unofficial 7th member of "Antwerp 6", a generation of fashion designers who all completed their training at the Royal Academy of Arts between 1980-1981 and shaped the "style of the Belgians". However, it does not belong to the actual group, but it became known in a similar period.

The Japanese "Street Magazine" dedicated two special editions to "Maison Martin Margiela", which were published in book form in 1999. Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga) is a big fan of Maison Martin Margiela.

In July 2014, fashion critic Suzy Menkes exposed Matthieu Blazy via Instagram as Head of Design, after which he deleted his Instagram account and changed his profile in a career network. He left the company on October 1, 2014.

To this day, Margiela pieces, especially in the fashion industry and all fashion lovers, belong to the sanctuaries in every repertoire and archive. Getting vintage pieces from other designers may be possible, but Maison Martin Marginal Archives are a real hunt and that says it all about this art.