Martin Margiela approves of John Galliano

There’s been a bit of shade thrown and confusion surrounding John Galliano’s recent appointment as the new creative director of Maison Martin Margiela. Though it may have been a surprising choice, (as Galliano is known for being outrageous and flamboyant and Margiela for more minimal, conceptual designs) the Belgian native is very happy with the decision according to WWD.

Margiela resigned in 2009 and though he has had some successors (like Marios Schwav and Matthieu Blazy), no one else has been deemed a “leader” until now. The experimental designer also wanted to keep his studio anonymous and is renowned for instituting a policy which requires employees to wear identical lab coats. John Galliano doesn’t strike us as someone to blend in, based on the outrageous costumes he’s donned at past shows, but the whimsical genius has been spotted recently in the standard white lab coat. He clearly has respect for his predecessor, which only makes us anticipate future collections even more.

Our first real look at Margiela under Galliano’s direction will be in January 2015 at Paris Couture Week. Women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections will also follow. Watch this space.

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