A Still Life Celebration, On the Anniversary of the Cult Shoe

Maison Margiela is a house built on absence. In its early days, the brand created a name out of anonymity, captivating with its humanity while its designer strived to remain invisible. For 15 years following the launch of the house in 1989, Martin Margiela wasn’t only discrete, or camera-shy—he was non-existent. As show-goers were moved by the originality of the label’s presentations, Mr. Martin Margiela was the man who wasn’t there.

Photography: Rebecca Storm

Arabelle Sicardi on a Shoe That Can Truly Be Called Iconic

I have suits with four sleeves and sideways hems, 10 leather jackets varied in color and cut, knee-high velvet boots, and still, the most commented-upon items in my closet are my Margiela tabi boots. They inspire complete strangers to stop me on the street to ask me if they’re comfortable. They compel hypebeasts to pause before getting off the train to ask me where I bought them. They force mothers to hush their children who ask me why I’m wearing such weird shoes. They’re the most divisive thing I own. Naturally, I have multiple pairs and wear them wherever I go.

Text: Arabelle Sicardi

The Noir Mood of Maison Margiela

In 1946, Nino Frank coined the term “film noir” to describe the American crime drama films which flooded into the French theatres in the summer following the German occupation of France. While the exact definition of “film noir” is inscrutable, its mood is distinct. Noir is an atmosphere as much as it’s a genre.

Photography: Thomas McCarty

Styling: Olivia Whittick