Margiela’s Ice Queen

December 18, 2013

by Gracia Ventus

Margiela via The Rosenrot | For The Love of Avant-Garde Fashion

Margiela & Rick Owens via The Rosenrot | For The Love of Avant-Garde Fashion Margiela & Rick Owens via The Rosenrot | For The Love of Avant-Garde Fashion

Margiela via The Rosenrot | For The Love of Avant-Garde Fashion

Wearing: Margiela neoprene sweatshirt from FW2010 & cement-coated Tabi boots from FW2012, with Rick Owens silk skirt

Let me begin with the more technical stuff. I wish I can tell you what the sweater is made of, but there is no indication of the material whatsoever on the tag. Although the surface itself has a cotton-like finish, I strongly suspect the presence of neoprene which is giving the sweater its structure despite its lightness. However if there’s anything more amusing than the sweatshirt, that would be the tabis. Again, there is no indication of its constituents, aside from the obvious leather lining. The surface feels like cement, and cracks just like it. So in case if you’re thinking of purchasing the cement series, be prepared to have the wabi sabi mindset because they will not remain pristine for long.

As I have mentioned above, this sweatshirt came from Margiela’s FW2010 collection, which is possibly a favourite of mine, a time when the label hadn’t whored itself with irrelevant collaborations. Snark aside I adore almost everything from the tailored coats to biker jackets, but mostly it was the curved flat sleeves I was – and still am – smitten with. When I received the sweatshirt I knew I wanted to wear it with my tabis. What goes in between is the tricky bit. I tried a pair of white skinny trousers but the entire look became too streamlined, making me look like a funnel. Ideally I’d have liked to try out a white pencil skirt but I don’t own any, so I took this layered silk skirt on the virtue of its colour and told myself to just be done with it as I was running out of time. At first I was ambivalent towards it, but as the day wore on I learned to love the juxtaposition of hard and soft. Yes there’s a slight awkwardness to the look, but as usual perfection is never the name of my game. I would of course keep experimenting towards what would potentially be a Minimalist, geometric form.

And just in case you were wondering, I did rake up a considerable amount of stares, and some ‘What the hell is she wearing’ comments, what with looking like a Michelin man it was to be expected.


16 thoughts on “Margiela’s Ice Queen


    by ODYSSEY on December 19, 2013 at 8:09 am

    So. Freaking. Cool. The awkwardness is what makes this work; it’s what makes the outfit interesting and beautiful.

  • Bertrand

    by Bertrand on December 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I think it works very well! The ‘flat sleeves’ of the jumper and the drape skirt give the silhouette a japonist-1910, Paul Poiret kind of edge.

    • Gracia Ventus

      by Gracia Ventus on December 25, 2013 at 11:38 am

      I’m amazed by how you can pinpoint a look down to a specific year, Bertrand. I’ve been picking up plenty of new information from you, that’s for sure.

  • J.

    by J. on December 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    you look amazing!

  • unsustainable

    by unsustainable on December 25, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Please consume less. Just because it is designer, doesn’t make it sustainable. If you have to resort to selling your things on eBay in mass quantities, you are consuming too much. As a blogger in the public eye you should lead by example. You have great style, but you’re promoting mass-consumption in a world with limited resources. I urge you to recycle your outfits and not buy so much. Just because it is Belgian (Margiela, Demeulemeester) or Rick Owens, doesn’t mean it is ethical. The textile industry is one of the biggest polluters on the planet. Please, you are already a gorgeous woman with classic style. Don’t give in to the machine of mass consumption. With your taste, you could really change the world in giving women other options.

    • Gracia Ventus

      by Gracia Ventus on December 25, 2013 at 10:39 am


      Your accusation of my consumption habit would have been founded should several assumptions hold true:
      1. That I buy all of my clothes first hand. I don’t. Not rich nor baller enough for retail.
      2. That the items in the store were ALL from my closet. I work in the fashion industry, I procured them for various reasons through different channels (not to mention friends asking me to sell their stuff for them) but they never sat in my closet because as what you’d said, I’d like to give women (and men) options by passing these clothes to them.
      (If you add point 1 & 2 together, you’d gather that I’m just a cog in the recycling wheel)
      3. That the clothes I own and keep for myself are not cherished, given proper care and ensured to last me a very long time.
      4. That I’m not already advocating anti-consumerism sentiments on this blog myself. Granted I haven’t done one of those meta posts for a long time, but it’d be nice if you’re willing to read more of the blog before making assumptions

      So perhaps, just perhaps, you could hold your judgment when you don’t actually know a person’s lifestyle and ethos. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

  • Verlyncia

    by Verlyncia on December 25, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Your blow never ceases to amaze me. I love how you meticulously coordinate your looks even down to the smallest detail….and for that I truly appreciate your posts.

    • Gracia Ventus

      by Gracia Ventus on December 25, 2013 at 11:37 am

      You’re too kind Verlyncia :) Thank you for your encouraging words.

  • Syeknom

    by Syeknom on January 1, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Out of this world, rose! Are either Margiela pieces from the repro or artisanal lines? Both are stunners.

    • Gracia Ventus

      by Gracia Ventus on January 1, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Thank you Syek ^_^

      The sweatshirt would be from the défilé line with a blank white label, and the shoes are the limited edition of the runway version (on the runway they weren’t spray painted).

      • Syeknom

        by Syeknom on January 5, 2014 at 10:08 pm

        Ahh super interesting! What does the boot-graffiti say? :)

  • Lucinda

    by Lucinda on January 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Sometimes a quick, unexpected solution is the right one. The solid volume with the soft ruffles is awkwardly beautiful. You always make me think/rethink.

  • karl leuterio

    by karl leuterio on January 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm


  • Annabel

    by Annabel on February 23, 2014 at 10:26 am

    That neoprene sweatshirt is just great! I love the silhouette that it gives. and that was 3 years before all the neoprene we are seeing now. I wish I could get my hands on one : ) (And I have a friend who works at Margiela!).

  • Mleissa Araujo

    by Mleissa Araujo on July 29, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Fantastic volumes, combine with different materials equal a pretty unique and fantastic look. I never get tired of coming to your blog I may not comment every time but I come here for some inspiration and originality x


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