Maison Margiela's Artisinal collections are always expected to be a show, especially when John Galliano is behind it. A storyteller from the very beginning, last year the creative director of the legendary House premiered an hour-long film to display Maison Margiela's Fall 21 couture collection, this year, he scripted and adapted a play to mark the evolution of the house.
If last year's film was folk-horror, this year's play was a western-style action, in which two lovers were on the run after murdering the leading lady's family. Chased onto the road by a group of ghoulish bandits, the couple embark on a paranormal journey while they try and escape the bandits.
Fully clothed in the Artisinal line (Margiela's equivalent to couture) which was undoubtedly triumphant, the collection featured myriad of silhouettes. There were feather light organza dresses that spilled out over themselves with ruffled hems and were built out with voluminous underskirts; iridescent trench coats which sparkled when they caught the light like fine mists of rain on mohair. An almost unrecognisable cast including Amber Valetta, Karlie Kloss, Karen Elson and Caroline Trentini wore sheer silk dresses layered with silk robes that were tied in bows at the waist, rhinestone covered jeans that met rhinestone covered cowboy boots, oversized tent-like dresses that were gathered at the back by giant bows were accessorised with matching gloves and latex swimming caps.
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There were witch costumes with short, frilly dresses and towering conical hats, alongside a drove of models in hospital blue overcoats. The closing look brought it out of the costume department with a chainmail dress constructed out of what looked like shards of mirrors, accessorised with a jet black felt cowboy hat.
Martin Margiela's signature codes, like organza face coverings and tailoring with the chalk left on it met some of Galliano's most notable design cues, including the famed 20s-inspired signature makeup looks from his 00s collections. If last years Maison Margiela Fall 21 Couture collection was the most Galliano yet, he's just trumped himself.
Watch the Maison Margiela Artisanal 22 collection, here.