Christopher Kane, AW13, London.
We often think of trims and braids as something that goes on the outside of garments. We run trims around edges, sew them on top of seams and add them onto finished garments. There’s no reason though why we can’t make space for trims within the panelling of garments, taking advantage of windows of negative space. There was a nice detail in the Christopher Kane show for Autumn-Winter 2013 that serves as perfect inspiration for some new ways to approach trim details.
Maison Martin Margiela, Couture, AW13, Paris.
Never a label to play by the rules, the Maison Martin Margiela couture collections always include elements of subversion that play against the hand worked details and construction elements of the garments. This season it was the use of rubber and denim, used in tandem with flowing silk and heavily beaded headpieces, that helped to make the idea of couture a little less rarefied.