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“Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial”

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February 13, 2020 16:05

LA rapper Roddy Ricch released his chart topping album “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial”. Besides the widely renowned song “The Box”, the first song that pulled me into this album was “High Fashion”. With a jaw-dropping album like this it’s hard to pick favorites but “High Fashion” was the one that stole my heart. A slow intro that builds to a beat drop, a melodic sound and a smooth mix between rapping and singing made me love this song so much. I decided to listen to the entire album from top to bottom. The “Intro” to the album directly pulled me in, following up with “The Box” and an almost unrecognizable transition to “Start wit Me” featuring Gunna. The transitions between songs had me in awe, especially the one between “Moonwalkin” and “Big Stepper”. It’s so smooth that you barely even notice that they’re two separate songs. Not many artists today look out for the effect an album gives when you listen to it from the beginning all the way to the end. The importance lies more on singles nowadays than albums as a whole. Ricch turned that around with “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial”. By making it so easy to listen to all the songs on the album without feeling the need to skip a song is an acknowledgement that shouldn’t go unnoticed. In the past I’ve heard music here and there from Roddy Ricch that I enjoyed and I had yet to discover more but this album definitely convinced me that he’s talented, passionate and focused.


Ricch tells stories about his childhood, his past and the struggles he faced in his come up. He tells the tale of making it out of the streets but taking them with you to the top. Songs like “Prayers To The Trap God” feel so personal when you listen to them. He talks about family he’s lost to drugs and decisions he made that he can’t take back. Roddy Ricch poured his all into his third album and it paid off with “the Box” at number 1 in the Billboard 100 for three consecutive weeks so far. He finishes off “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” with an effortless transition from “Tip Toe (feat. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie)” to “War Baby”. The Gospel feel in the song “War Baby” combined with his usual Trap sound and the emotional lyrics about getting out of the trenches gave me chills. I’m thoroughly impressed with this album and would recommend it to anyone who likes Rap/Trap music that has some feel to it.

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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.

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