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Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal Turns Couture on its Head

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Maison Martin Margiela's Artisanal line for spring took eveningwear and flipped it upside-down, sometimes literally. The red evening gown above was reversed so the bustier top became a mini skirt and the flowing tulle ball skirt became some kind of strange, blood-red mantilla. The one-shouldered white body suit looks like what would happen if you took a dress with a skirt of tiered ruffles, the kind that was de rigeur in the 1950s, and wore it as a jaunty cape. We also love the hole-punched leather pants and the ivory shoes, leggings and vest with a crust of different-sized pearls. The clothes incorporate vintage but keep looking forward, so it's more like recycling than revisiting. And the strangest thing about the collection is that it's all surprisingly wearable for the now Margiela-less house of Margiela.
· Maison Martin Margiela Couture Spring 2010 [WWD, subscription required]