INDEX’S INDEX: Six (yes, six) things we really like this week

Compiled by INDEX 

8 — 14 January 2021

1.

Martin Margiela, the most influential designer of a generation, departed the fashion game while at the top of his. 

Well known for his anonymity, Margiela has lifted his veil of mystery of late by (1) issuing a rare statement in response to being awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 2018 Belgian Fashion Awards, (2) judging the ANDAM prize in 2019 and (3) appearing in a documentary about his career in 2020.

In an exciting development, it’s been announced that 2021 will see the first exhibition of art created by Margiela. Following in the footsteps of Helmut Lang, he is set to transition from fashion to art. Whether it’s a permanent move is up in the air but we do know that all will be keenly eyeing up Lafayette Anticipations on the 15th of April.

martin margiela
martin margiela

2.

In more Margiela-centric news, Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio is offering up a design download of a never-before-seen Margiela garment pattern. The ultimate DIY dream has been designed by the house’s current creative director John Galliano and allows you to make your own version of the Reclica jumper.

Designed to be made from second-hand fabrics that you can rustle up from home, it’s upcycling at its best.

martin margiela
martin margiela

3.

You can’t beat a Comme des Garçons wallet and the new Ruby Eyes series is now front and centre on our wishlist.

In the series is a green wallet, orange pouch and blue coin holder all featuring abstract curves of a slithering snake which reveals itself inside.

4.

As the fashion industry continues to look for ways to showcase new collections away from the norm, Saint Laurent tap legendary filmmaker Gaspar Noé to create an eerie seven-minute long film.

In lieu of the traditional catwalk format, Noé imagines a 60s-style mansion where Charlotte Rampling rubs shoulders with Mica Arganaraz, Sora Choi and Anok Yai.

5.

The success of Bottega Veneta in recent years, led by Daniel Lee, has propelled the brand into superstar status. But an unusual move has taken place with the closing of the Italian fashion house’s social media accounts in one fell swoop. Are the closures part of a shift away from the perils of social media scrutiny or, perhaps, simply a closer alignment with Lee’s personal preference publicity stunt of sorts?

6.

In the 1970s, Wendy Leon ran a Chifa restaurant in Lima that was particularly sought after for her crazy-good braised spare ribs. Some 45 years on, Wendy has launched a new restaurant of the same ilk in L.A. with the help of her son, Humberto Leon (who also happens to be The Opening Ceremony founder).

The resurrection brings the Peruvian and Chinese fusion cuisine to a hungry new audience. If the idea of the food isn’t enough to entice you, the fit-out designed by Humberto Leon and architect Michael Loverich will.

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