Couture shows in Paris always occupy a strange space that at once influences trends but usually don’t translate into real life (looking at you, Guo Pei) and are wholly unaffordable. Thankfully Maison Margiela, along with the likes of Chanel, buck the ornate dress trend in favour of something that leans more heavily on avant-garde experimentation than beauty for beauty’s sake – and we’d expect nothing less from a brand which is renowned for subverting the norm.
Other publications may reference Maison Margiela‘s deconstructed bustiers or feather skirts at couture 2018, but we’re cutting straight to the gold cowboy boots which went with every outfit.
Sitting just above the knee, the boots provided a strangely simple (given that they are gold cowboy boots) contrast to the flamboyant deconstructed creations in the collection. Alongside the two metallic shades, the boots also came in cobalt and dark tan suede – the latter offering an option for those who wish to transition from their Stan Smiths a little more cautiously. This isn’t the first time that Margiela has created a cult shoe – and past items have been a lot uglier, too.
Arguably Margiela’s 1989 ‘Tabi boot’ (also known as the Margiela hoof boot) sparked the ugly shoe resurgence that exists today. Inspired by the Japanese Tabi sock, Martin Margiela covered the catwalk in red paint and had models walk through it so that the bizarre footprints would show clearly through. It was a revolutionary moment and the Tabi boot remains a coveted look to this day.
The show, which this season was built around ideas of artisanal design, featured the likes of Bella Hadid and saw creative director John Galliano flexing full creative control. Enjoy your sandals while the summer lasts; come autumn it’s all about cowboy chic.