Saturday, June 5, 2010

Disappointment at Martin Margiela's artisanal line

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When I first saw this Martin Margiela artisanal bow tie, hand detailed with alternately rusty and shiny brass push tacks, I immediately thought it a thing of beauty. But what I didn't immediately feel was the raw awe that coursed through me when I first set eyes on the blazingly original artisanal pieces of the design house way back when Martin Margiela was still behind its design impetus.

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The Maison's bow tie instantly reminded me of Augustine Wong's experiment with safety pins that I wrote about previously.

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Sure, the version for the label now under the Diesel group is much more refined and sophisticated. The least you'd expect before handing out £300.

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But honestly, I don't feel it added a lot to Augustine's brilliant idea.

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I suppose one can expect this.

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After a label has lost its soul.

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It is really too bad, especially since I expect the Margiela bow tie will sell well to an audience that may not put much stock to the tag "artisanal".

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Be sponged off by an eager, wider market that easily forgets – or never actually appreciated – the genius of a design legend.

1 comment:

Tom said...

I agree, that's why I've been trying to find pieces when he was still around. Managed to get some from his last collection FW09/10.