This past week in Paris saw the Maison Margiela Spring 2017 artisanal show by John Galliano, Creative Director of the brand. Galliano’s team sent out a lineup of beautifully cut skirts and dresses with the intent of cutting through layers to reach toward something emotional about the current predicaments facing humanity.
Ruled by a white, red and black colour palette, faces took an important role on the runway. However, this season saw not only the model’s faces (made up by Pat McGrath) but, the embroidered faces on the apparel too, reminiscent of the Snapchat filters hiding our faces. He literally used the iconic ‘puking rainbow’ Snapchat filter to overlay one of the collection dresses.
The centrepiece of the collection, or at least the most Instagrammed, was look-24. A women’s face constructed in tulle bursting out of a white coat. The ensemble was created in collaboration with artist Benjamin Shine, whom Galliano had been a fan for some time. The spectacular ensemble took 30 Margiela workers 2,000 hours to complete.