High Fashion, College Wallet: Maison Martin Margiela

French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela has been innovating since 1988. Designer Martin Margiela originally hails from Belgium and graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp), which also trained other renowned designers including Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck, and Kris Van Assche.  Many of these designers, Margiela especially, became known for their avant-garde approaches to fashion during the 1980s.

Via Style.com
Via Style.com

Recently, Margiela’s namesake label has been enjoying a rise in popularity, due in part to high profile fans such as Kanye West, who donned a custom-made Margiela wardrobe for 2013’s Yeezus tour (the bejeweled mask being particularly unforgettable). For the Fall 2014 Menswear collection, the brand delivered the deconstructed style it pioneered, here in the form of loose-fitting jackets and trousers.

Emulating this particular look is fairly straightforward, as long as you keep the relaxed fit in mind. The only difficult component is the shoes, which, if you look closely, appear to be a dark shade of green. For the jacket, check out Zara’s Basic Black Blazer ($119.00): it’s as simple as it sounds, and the color seems to be more of a charcoal than the advertised black, matching the Margiela jacket. Just be careful of the fit—Zara, and other fast-fashion retailers, are known for their extra-slim cuts, which aren’t called for in this look. Sizing up may be the way to go, given how small Zara’s fits tend to be.

The shirt here is simple-any dressy white button-up will do, such as Uniqlo’s Extra Fine Cotton Broadcloth Long Sleeve Shirt ($19.90). Simplicity rules again, but don’t forget to watch the fit-like Zara, Uniqlo tends to be slim-fitting (although this particular shirt isn’t advertised as such). Relaxed is the key word here, so keep the top few buttons undone like the original and don’t sweat it.


It’s back to Zara for the pants: their Bird’s Eye Trousers ($59.90) are available in a Mid-Grey color that is nearly a perfect match to the Margiela. These pants also feature a subtle, texturized pattern, adding some depth to the monochromatic color palette. The model on the Zara website wears these pants cuffed, but in staying true to the inspiration, leave them as is to skim the tops of your shoes while you perfect your effortless runway-inspired strut (or rush to grab coffee before class).

Which brings us to the shoes: finding a match for these forest-green lace-ups at any price level is exceedingly difficult: they really are one-of-a-kind. But, the more conservative black is more versatile for everyday situations: Check out H&M’s Leather Oxford Shoes ($69.95), which feature a classic cap toe, and are wearable with a wide range of outfits. Keep to your regular size on these-the flowing fit of the top requires a slim, proportioned bottom for stability.


Sam Del Rowe is a staff writer. Email hi at bstyle@nyunews.com. 


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