Margiela, Les Années Hermès
The city of Paris is fully embracing the genius of Martin Margiela. Between a brilliant retrospective which opened earlier this month at the Palais Galliera, celebrating Margiela’s two-decade-long run as creative director of his namesake maison, to a recently opened show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, highlighting the Belgium designer’s hugely influential tenure at Hermès, there is no denying the unmistakable influence this mastermind has had on fashion.
Originally devised by Antwerp’s ModeMuseum (MoMu), this cohesive show of over 100 accessorized silhouettes, photos and videos, celebrates the conceptual designer’s remarkable six years heading up the famed French house. Margiela ushered in an exciting era at Hermès, forgoing the brand’s trademark heritage prints and bright colors, for monochromatic looks atop simple silhouettes, with particular emphasis put on masculine tailoring. Margiela introduced new house codes through his understated, structured aesthetic, which have come to define THE Hermès that consumers know and love today. A Must Go exhibition for those who appreciate fashion, craft and, above all, quality.