Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela goes on sale at H&M at 8am Thursday but we were given a sneak peak to the sale this evening. After months of marketing teases we were excited to see how MMM's avant-garde designs translate on Main Street.

We all agree fast fashion on the cheap is fun but H&M's price points on this collection are much higher than usual. Maison Martin Margiela's H&M booties with a plexiglass wedge are $350, a leather clutch is $150 and leather bondage jacket is $400. Yes, these are some of the more expensive items. In contrast, shoes from the  Lanvin x H&M collection were $99, a faux fur jacket was $150 and bags were $50.

So is the MMM collection worth the premium? That all depends on how much you like the French design house. For most of the general public the proportions are a bit intimidating. The candy wrapper clutch and over sized duvet coat coat are not wearable for most of the fashion buying population.

On the other hand, those who understand how to fuse together the exaggerated proportions with the stiffness of other designs will be thrilled. So to answer our original question, the $350 H&M booties and $350 leather pants are amazing but tread lightly unless you're sure you know how you work the over sized peacoat into your current wardrobe.

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