Maison Martin Margiela – Photos & Review

On November 15, H&M released their latest designer collection, this one with cult avant-garde favourite, Maison Martin Margiela Paris. I’ve always loved the brand’s modern approach to design, so I was excited to pick up a few select pieces from the line. Here are my thoughts on the collection and my goodies:

Of course, I had to take some photos featuring some of the avant-garde pieces.

I’m wearing the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M sparkly discoball leggings ($49.95) and the invisible heel booties ($349). I’m also wearing a sheer black top from H&M, as well as a metal collar from H&M as well.

While the boots are a stunning piece of art, I simply can’t justify the $350 price tag, and with Canadian taxes, they came in just under $400. Bearing in mind they are still H&M quality, the price was astronomical for the fast fashion retailer. I fell in love with the acrylic heel, but sadly, the lift is not even half a centimetre thick! I could only imagine trying to find a cobbler who could keep up with these high-maintenance shoes. Definitely more suited for indoor wear, which is ludicrous, considering they’re boots. After wearing them around the house for a bit, they are also not the most comfy. I ordered a size up (definitely order up if you’re still considering purchasing them) and they still squish my feet (and I have narrow feet). All around, these shoes are definitely worth suffering for, if you have the cash and don’t mind the pain, they are so stunning!

I tried layering a skirt over the leggings and liked the look too. This skirt is c/o nowistyle.

Now for the leggings… I thought they were fairly priced at $49 in Canada, and comparable to similar styles from stores like American Apparel or French Connection. The leggings are lined with a thin black fabric, and have metallic disco ball pieces fixed onto the top fabric. The effect is glimmering under the light, but I am weary of the mosaic pieces flaking off with wear. Definitely a nice piece to pick up from the collection, but I can’t see these lasting too long. Again, another high-maintenance piece!

I also picked up the nude leotard. I bought it a size up, and it doesn’t fit! Needless to say, I’ll be taking it back and probably not buying another. Maybe it’s the ballerina in me, but I can’t stand leotard with snap closures! However, the quality and price is right for $49.95 for a re-issue of an avant-garde piece from the house of MMM.

In the end, I thought the collection was very artistic and full of visually-interesting pieces. Although it wasn’t cohesive, it was the perfect opportunity for a Maison Martin Margiela fan to pick up a piece. Call it a greatest hits collection, however, it definitely wasn’t a hit for the high street retailer. Lines were dismal, and after taking the clothes home, I’m even less impressed.