Skip Nav
Spring Fashion
Your Ultimate Guide to Spring's Biggest Denim Trends
Spring Fashion
The Weekend Outfits Every Woman Should Try
The Royals
13 Looks Pippa Middleton Actually Wore Before Kate

The Emperor Has No Face

We almost hate to make a critique of Maison Martin Margiela on their Twentieth Anniversary but the reliance the house has on the intellectual chestnut of anonymity has grown stale for us even as fashion conformity grows as a problem in identically merchandised style capitals across the globe. At no time is critiquing the sameness of fashion more necessary and yet never has it felt more stale to literally wipe out any traces of personality or identity when conceiving a catwalk. Yes, how clever, fashion obscures as it reveals, Frederick Jameson's photorealism and artistic simulacrum in a dress, the representing and the represented.  It's been done, and while everyone loves a "best of" show the collection leaves us unsure, amid the rumours, that a future is even warranted.

In the twenty years since the house begun the fashion landscape has changed, leaving behind unsteady footing for the avant garde. Barbarians are at the gate and an army of amateur editors lay waste to the minutiae of every gossipy detail. And so it is no longer enough to have one issue, no matter how salient, as an intellectual rallying point. We simply do not have the attention span (and even if we did we would question anonymity as one that needs to be reiterated season after season).

Many designer have gotten past this attention deficit conundrum not through better designer or stronger inspirations but through celebrities, political innuendo and skillful public relations. Perhaps Martin Margiela is too good for these gambits or perhaps he is not quick enough to operate on this new playing field. It is no coincidence that no one has even seen his photo and yet we must say that rather than heightening the allure it makes us say perhaps the emperor has no face. He has let us in on the joke and it turns out its not very funny. Post Modernism is over Martin.

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Maison Margiela Face Masks | Spring 2014 Haute Couture
Paris Couture Week Spring 2014 Schedule
Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2014 Hair and Makeup | Runway
Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2014 | Paris Fashion Week
Couture Fashion Week Memorable Moments
Maison Martin Margiela Couture Fashion Week | Fall 2013
Victoria Beckham Is Woman of the Decade | Video

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fashion
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds