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Maison Martin Margiela for H&M: The Good, The Bleh, and The Baffling

Maison Martin Margiela For H&M
Maison Martin Margiela For H&M
Sam Taylor-Johnson, Courtesy of H&M

Deconstructionist and avant-garde -- those descriptors follow label Maison Martin Margiela (founded by famously inconspicuous Belgian designer Martin Margiela, who's often named alongside the Antwerp Six) from its Japanese-influenced couture creations all the way to its capsule collection for retailer-to-the-masses H&M.

With more than 100 pieces, plenty of trompe l'oeil touches, and playful items, most of the artful designs are reissues from the house's 20-plus years. Shoes, dresses, and menswear all make appearances and range in price from a $15 belt to a duvet coat (pictured above) at $349.

The collection is out on Thursday, November 15, at Scottsdale Fashion Square's H&M, where shoppers can line up starting at 6 a.m. The first 400 receive wristbands (and probably a few jelly glares) and access to shop the collection starting at 8 a.m.

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Our favorites from the Maison Martin Margiela H&M collection.
Our favorites from the Maison Martin Margiela H&M collection.
Images courtesy of H&M

The Good: Per usual, our capsule collection preferences veer toward the recognizable yet wearable, and these three items fit the bill when it comes to looking Margiela but fitting into a stylish wardrobe. The candy wrapper clutch ($60) is as much an homage to our endless sweet tooth as it is a fable-worthy form of fashionable trickery that comes in metallic pink and silver.

The horizontal dress ($199) features layered panels, an asymmetrical silhouette, draped sleeves, one of which dangles sans arm, a flopping shoulder collar, and flowing skirt. Plexi wedge pumps ($299) in lipstick red patent leather are a pop art wonder, without skewing too weird.

 

From meh to bleh, not all the pieces in this capsule collection are worthy of fawning.
From meh to bleh, not all the pieces in this capsule collection are worthy of fawning.
Photos courtesy of H&M

The Bleh: For a boring pair of trousers and a snooze-worthy shirt, shoppers can turn to just about any store in the mall. But if you're shopping MMM, there's no reason to go ho-hum. That's why the suit trousers ($99) and vest ($60) are on our yawn list -- along with an unfortunately Rowlf the Dog-looking faux fur coat ($349).

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M: The Good, The Bleh, and The Baffling
Photos courtesy of H&M

The Baffling: We love Maison Martin Margiela for innovation and boundary-pushing creativity, but there's only so far we're willing to go when it comes to incorporating crazy creations into our real lives. See the super-cool, but JNCO-reminiscent, oversize trousers ($129) that we sincerely wish normal women could carry gracefully -- alas. Then there's a hair lock necklace ($13) that'll escalate your outfit to murder-creep levels. Remember Crispin Glover in the Charlie's Angels remake? Us, too. Eeeesh. Finally, on the freaky front, MMM treats us to a two-dress fusion ($199) that looks like Edward Scissorhands got bored. Blerg.

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