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Sample sales are amazing. I am an muthereffin EXPERT at traversing the sample sale scene, and coming out with perhaps the weirdest, most head-scratching pieces in there. But I employ them like a pro. Take this Martin Margiela MM6 shirt piece. It’s the orange thing in the photos. It’s just a front piece of a tuxedo shirt or jacket, like the bib/collar. It’s basically a necklace and offers no real coverage. It is an illusion, and enigma, but damn if it’s not cool (it’s em em six, afterall!). 

サンプルセール大好き。ミーシャはサンプルセールめぐりのエキスパート。サンプルセールでは、クレイジーで一瞬なにこれ?って思うような服を見られる。でもやっぱりプロの仕事だから素敵なんだよね。このマルタンマルジェラMM6(エムエムシックス)のシャツとか見て。オレンジのなにかが写ってるでしょ?実はそれ、タキシードのビブカラーのパーツ。イリュージョンか?ほんと突拍子もない発想だよね。でももちろん、かっこ良くなかったら意味ない (MM6はかっこいいに決まってる)。

 

Photos: Celia Humphries

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Portrait and concept by Celia Humphries フォト/コンセプト:セリアハンフリー
Shirt necklace and belt: MM6 Maison Martin Margiela

Shirt: Viktor & Rolf 
Suspenders: Murua
Pants: Ambience
Shoes: 3.1 Phillip Lim
Gloves: From Metropolice (Osaka)

I decided to try out the plunging neckline trend, which is not difficult to pull off if you have a little confidence and some double-sided tape, just incase (get the strong stuff, but not the cheap brand, and don’t put it anywhere where the fabric doesn’t naturally lay on your skin or it could show through). The MM6 brand often shows in black and white colors and in a militaristic aesthetic, so I took inspiration from that and paired it with some French military pants, a Rick Owens leather visor, and some Murua suspenders.

よし、プランジ系(デコルテ見せ)のネックラインにミーシャも挑戦しよっと。両面テープあればアクシデントを防止させることができる。(チープブランドじゃないところで丈夫なものをゲットした方が賢い。)
MM6は白黒のミリタリースタイルの提案が多いブランドだから、ミーシャはそこにインスピレーションをうけてフレンチミリタリーパンツとリックオウエンスのレザーサンバイザー、あとムルーアのサスペンダーを合わせることにした。

 

My tuxedo shirt/piece hybrid thingy? Looks like this on the runway. WHO STYLED IT BETTER? Kekeke..
例のマルジェラのアイテム?ショーではこんな風に提案されてた。どっちがこなしてるだろう???w

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But let’s talk about the new collection. The day of the 2014-15 FW show, NYC had reached arctic levels of uncomfortable wintery temps. And when a venue is on the west side, it seems even colder, on the edges of Manhattan where the freezing river wind whips down the street. We were fighting that on top of traversing the icy landscape, having to strategize every step so you wouldn’t land on a wayward ice patch and slip and break your neck. Neck braces aren’t the height of fashion, afterall (they make your neck look so fat, you know?).

So even just getting there was a gargantuan effort. When we arrived, we had to take our spots in the “standing” line, as our seat request was late and they accommodated us the best they could. The disparity of the “haves” and “have-nots” were huge in this case; you’re ushered into the warm basement immediately, or told to wait outside in the night cold for 45 minutes. “We’re only doing this for Margiela. We’re only doing this for Margiela. We’re only doing this for Margiela…” was a mantra we repeated over and over again to brainwash ourselves, or numb our senses, in-between debating whether we should go to dinner instead and watch the video on NowFashion.com later. 

A few minutes later, we were in the venue and the show was starting. Canadian crooner Sean Nicholas Savage belted out tunes (“He looks like youuuuuuu but he’s not youuuuuuu” is STILL stuck in my head, for better or worse). MM6 is definitely a New York brand. It’s avantgarde only on the outside, but in its core it is as wearable a brand as Calvin Klein.  Check out the “package” theme, like bubble wrap mailer clutches, and items coated in weather-resistant plastic, like those expensive fancy priority mail bags. The boots have my name on them, and perhaps they are more practical than my shirt piece..well noted. 

ここでちょっと最新コレクションでのできごとについて話そうか。2014-15秋冬のショー期間のニューヨークは死ぬほど寒かった。西側はもっと寒かったように思う。マンハッタンの端の方ではつめたーい風が吹き荒れてた。ビル風が激しすぎて道を渡るのも人苦労。どうやって前に進もうか一歩一歩がつもった雪と氷との駆け引き。転んで首の骨とか折ったらださいギブスつけなきゃいけないじゃん?しかもあれ、首めちゃ太く見えるし。最悪じゃん?
 
そうやって頑張って死ぬ思いで向かった会場だけど、シートリクエストを送るのが遅かったから運営側のひとたちかできる限りのことをしてくれたけど、スタンディングでショーを見ないといけないという話だった。しかも、あたたかい建物の中にいる案内係に外で待てと言われ、凍えそうな寒空の下に45分もいた。中の人と外の人の格差がでかすぎやわ。
“これは全部マルジェラのショーみるため” を合言葉にただただ待ち続けた。”夜ご飯にいってあとでNowFashion.comをみる”という誘惑と戦いながら。
数分後、中に入れた。ショーも始まる。カナダのシンガーSean Nicholas Savageが力強い歌を披露(あの歌がまだ、頭から離れない。笑)
MM6はニューヨークブランド。見た目はアバンギャルド。でも、すごく着やすいブランド、Calvin Kleinの核を担う。郵便屋さんみたいなクラッチにプチプチがついたみたいなパッケージを見てよ。耐候性のプラスチックで覆われてて、”国際優先郵便物”みたい。このブーツは神。ミーシャのあの例のアイテムより現実的ね。メモしとこう!

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