In today’s fast paced fashion market we often hear the expression “Location is Everything”. In our case it is very true! We are very lucky indeed to be located in the coolest Toronto neighborhood on Queen Street West in a close proximity to the nicest menswear boutiques such as Sydney’s and Got Style. There you can find some fantastic pieces from fashion’s coolest brands such Dries Van Noten, Marni, Rick Owens, Raf Simmons to not so well known but absolutely fabulous Japanese designers. Their products have one-of-a-kind beauty and the best textile treatments you could see in the ready-to-wear collections.
In the recent years menswear fashion has become increasingly more interesting and at times much better than womenswear. Specializing in menswear tailoring we are closely following the men’s fashion collections for Fall/Winter 2015 that currently run in London, Milan and Paris. We are in love with some of collections or pieces and would love to wear them as we sometimes wear pieces from our husbands’ wardrobes.
Here are some of our favorite collections so far:
But probably the most startling event that took place during Menswear Fashion Week in London was the unveiling of Couture collection of Maison Margiela by John Galliano.
The timing for Maison Martin Margiela’s Haute couture collection called Artisanal seems a bit odd as it runs off the official Couture Calendar. Paris Haute Couture Collections will be shown in less than two weeks. Our guess is OTB (Only The Brave, the owner of Maison Martin Margiela) is testing the ground to see how the industry will respond to the return of the “genius in disgrace”.
Galliano’s first collection for Maison Margiela was very well received by the industry but rather as a support for designer’s genius. The clothes were undoubtedly beautiful and fantastically made but full of Galliano’s own references. The second half of the collection was more true to the codes of the house but didn’t offer anything conceptually new:
But do we need to see more of true Margiela when designer is not there anymore? Should Galliano become second Martin Margiela? Or we want to see a new, reinvented Margiela? The air is full of questions….
The news of Galliano’s appointment as a creative designer for the probably most conceptual and avangard fashion houses of present broke on Oct6. 2014 and took the world of fashion by surprise. The main question is how the most talked about theatrical designer will take creative charge of the fashion house founded by the most anonymous and puritan of fashion artist that wanted to separate the clothes he created from his personality, to give them life of their own.
Galliano’s personality on the other hand is too prominent to be put behind the clothes. As fashion journalist Colin McDowell smartly noted, during his years at Dior Galliano’s work has been seen more as Galliano for Christian Dior, than Christian Dior by Galliano. Will this trend change in case of Maison Margiela? Or if not do the owners of Maison Margiela intend to slowly change DNA of the brand? Maybe it is a strategic move to make the brand accessible to more people and commercially more successful?It all remains to be seen.