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Martin Margiela from Brand to Spirit

Martin Margiela from Brand to Spirit
Martin Margiela may have left his namesake label, but his work lives on. Aside from launching a collection of furniture and “white objects” for the home, Margiela also designed the Suite Ile aux Oiseaux at Les Sources de Caudalie near Bordeaux.

The hotel and spa, opened 10 years ago in the Smith Haut-Lafitte château, tapped Maison Martin Margiela to design its signature suite, which re-opened last week according to the New York Times. The freestanding cabana, perched on a pond, is now a world apart from the French country charm of the rooms in the château.

From 415 euros a night guests can retreat to the avant-garde chambre between spa treatments and bottles of premier cru at the hotel’s La Grand’Vigne restaurant.

The suite’s décor is classic Margiela, with naked lightbulbs, antique mirrors, and a red Bocca chair, the results make for a remarkable contrast from the conservative vineyards and rustic wooden balconies of the retreat.

Maison Martin Margiela Exhibition

Maison Martin Margiela exhibitionMaison Martin Margiela 20th anniversary exhibition   

Martin Margiela, the reclusive and elusive Belgian fashion designer, is celebrating 20 years of his deconstructive label. Recognizable by white hand-stitched branding, Maison Martin Margiela (20), the exhibition, is not a classic retrospective exhibition, instead exploring the different themes and concepts the house has embraced during the 20 years of its various collections, catwalk shows, concept design, branding and communications policy.

Margiela’s entire work is characterized by an exceptional combination of classic tailoring and conceptual thinking. His garments depict the inside of a clothing item, exposing its construction and focusing on that which fashion anxiously tries to conceal. Unraveling the language of clothing, Maison Martin Margiela reveals the strategies of the fashion system as he constructs something radically new. The working method produces an analysis of the system that underlies fashion and is followed through in the many varied aspects of the fashion house.

In addition to his 20th anniversary exhibition, Maison Martin Margiela is also launching a collaboration with Italian jeweller Damiani this November. A 14 piece collection of rings and pendants, deceptively transformed from earrings, will be available in yellow and pink gold and silver, all bearing the number 12. The classic signet ring has been deconstructed to be worn as either a bracelet or a pendant, oval links are sized up to form chunky, skeleton-like necklaces and bracelets.

The Martin Margiela exhibition runs from 12 September until 8 February 2009 at the Antwerp Mode Museum. limited-edition items designed specifically for the exhibition will be on sale.

There is also a rumour Martin Margiela will be collaborating with a famous Eastern denim brand.