Maison Margiela is known for the deconstructionist and oft-surrealist principles of its eponymous founder. Taking something apart and rebuilding it with off-center skew is as much a part of the house’s DNA as those signature cloven-toe shoes.
Creative director John Galliano didn’t disappoint. For his couture collection that showed today in Paris, he took that cloven-toe motif and amped up the bizarre factor.
His drawstring rainboots, a wider reimagining of the classic Tabi, bore an uncanny resemblance to a bucket bag one might tote. They came in both ankle-length and over-the-knee versions in black, white and red colorways. The longer styles were also lashed around the leg for a snugger fit.
So while a slashed-to-ribbons red trench coat that also appeared on the runway may not do much against the elements, Margiela’s couture clients can at least ensure their feel will stay warm and dry.