Maison Margiela Oversized Distressed Ribbed Wool Sweater

I’ve always been very attracted to many aspects of the Maison Margiela brand, from the clandestine design process to the different archetypes of people who wear Margiela, to the intricacies of the garments themselves. Maison Margiela has an undeniable aura of intrigue. I’ve always found the minimal, deconstructed aesthetic fascinating, and the label continues to produce conversation-worthy garments long after the departure of the eponymous designer.   This piece is no exception, taking the classic oversized sweater silhouette and producing it in luxurious, thick wool that has a subtle pattern created by meticulous distressing.  As always with Margiela, the details really make the piece, and the diagonal ribbing along with the subtle branding on the back are perfect compliments to the structure and muted khaki colour of the garment.  This particular piece references the grunge of the 1990s and evokes memories of Kurt Cobain’s photoshoot with Youri Lenquette - the final one before his death in 1994.  Grunge is an epoch that has been referenced countless times over the last 20 years, but Margiela’s take on the culture still feels fresh, original, and distinctly modern to me. Available from Mr.Porter.