Gender is so last season. Galliano schools us on how to do neutral right for Maison Margiela SS16.
In classic Maison Margiela style, Galliano presented a series of deconstructed silhouettes and ideas that challenged the norm. Tops with rugged stitching constructed from thick memory foam were worn over fishnet bodysuits, teamed with intricately embellished skirts, whilst dresses were crafted from neoprene weighted by a circular hem. Meanwhile a classic cricket jumper came deconstructed and threadbare, complete with metal stud-work. Proportions were also played with when embellished sweatshirts came served with exaggerated shoulders and lengthy skirts were teamed with teeny “just been shrunk in the wash” t-shirts.
It’s all in the detail
You’d be forgiven for missing the details on first glance. A lavish mint green coat laced in drop-crystals sported an unexpected leopard print collar, snakeskin leather gloves were spotted peeping beneath neutral suiting and panels of fragmented mirror hung beneath sheer dresses. Meanwhile handbags came strapped to the torso with tubular leather, giving the appearance of backpacks. The hair do’s, of course, were a masterpiece in themselves. From large and electrified, to slicked back with clingfilm, giving a hat-like appearance – Galliano’s off-beat aesthetic reigned supreme.
Clothes for women, or clothes for men? Both, and rightly so. Wear the collection with a bare fishnet clad chest and bulbous kitten heels, or with a face full of Bowie-inspired make-up and a messed-up wet-look beehive to boot. No boundaries, no explanation necessary. Galliano’s gone gender neutral for SS16, and rightly so.
Words: Brooke McCord