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Freaky or Fabulous? Meet Martin Margiela, Balloon Artiste

I am so thankful Martin Margiela is around. While Couture is blooming in Paris this week, some designers are showing their noncouture, but equally stunning, collections.

What you see here is from the house of Maison Martin Margiela. The Belgian designer continues to toot his own horn, and this collection was made of so-called "artisanal" pieces. Never one to shy away from unconventional materials, how do you feel about wearing a jacket made of balloons? Of all the party balloons concoctions I've witnessed — including some ill hats — I've never seen one of these. This puts those seasoned craftsmen to shame. Margiela used 30 balloons, some inflated, all twisted together. I think it's darn Fab. Side note: Come November, the designer will launch a line of fine jewelry in collaboration with Italy's Damiani. (Cool)


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oni1 oni1 9 years
a BIG NO THANKS to martin. he has some nice stuff but has also been very successful at selling tacky items for lots of dough. the balloon guy at fuddruckers gets all of my balloon vest $. this is a bubble jacket circa 1999 but less practical so he calls it 'artisanal'. just add this to the pile of fashion oddities, however, the following artists grab my attention a lot more than he... chocolate clothing- toilet paper apparel- duct tape prom wear- even condom gowns-
bugsybabs bugsybabs 9 years
How is this freaky? It's balloons. It looks really cool. Is anyone gonna wear balloons? No. Is anyone gonna wear a gothic/fluffy dress? Again, no. Do they look cool? Yes!
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
interesting.... only for watching but no for using, very genius of him
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
I don't even know what to say...
ayuninur ayuninur 9 years
sibalc sibalc 9 years
emalove emalove 9 years
Edie-J-Blige Edie-J-Blige 9 years
Hehe c'mon, this is awesome! The most practical thing a clown or balloon artist could make :)
urple urple 9 years
I happen to LOVE this! But, I also really like Maison Martin Margiela!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
If he can do that with balloons I could just imagine what he can do with actual fabric.
cnyc1a cnyc1a 9 years
It's art. It's couture. If it was Ready to Wear it would be ridiculous. Some eccentric millionaire out there will think it's genius! I think it's pretty cool and totally get what the cynicism behind this piece is about
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Horrible. Looks like you have sausage wrapped around your body.
smhooper smhooper 9 years
RoyalBlueMoss RoyalBlueMoss 9 years
Absolutely neither.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
Is he available for kids parties???? Seriously it's okay, but unwearable...right?
kerish kerish 9 years
..maybe Fab for my Black light party I hve coming up...but black light is kindah freaky so I wld fit right in!!
tulipsc tulipsc 9 years
OMG... how can this be fab?! Maybe Fab for Holloween!
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