The Invisible Man
Martin Margiela may be one elusive dude, but here’s what he’s up to now: working with Paris’ Palais Galliera for his first retrospective in the city. The Margiela/Galliera, 1989-2009 exhibition (March 3-July 15) will showcase his body of work that spans the years from his debut to his retirement. Featuring more than 100 archive pieces, videos and installations, the event will chart his evolution from being the only Belgian designer of his time to start a fashion house in the French capital, to becoming a major influence for today’s generation of designers with his conceptual and iconic creations, such as repurposed vintage and recovered materials, and deconstructed garments.
Between the Hadid sisters, Bella gets our vote as the cooler sibling. When asked by Tag Heuer to create a 500-piece limited edition timepiece, the 21-year-old opted for one from the brand’s sporty Link series (known for its ergonomic bracelet design), then gave it its edgiest facelift. Thanks to her, the piece ($5,500 francs, or S$7,540) now comes with a modern, matte black ceramic case and bracelet, a mother-of-pearl dial, and a bezel studded with 60 diamonds. The finishing touch: an engraving of her signature on the back of the case, of course.
Three years on, the Christophe Lemaire-led Uniqlo U line still sticks to its no-hype, high-tech and quality classics formula. The S/S ’18 range ($14.90-$199.90), which hits stores Jan 26, is awash in nature-inspired hues of emerald and cerulean. True to the Japanese retail giant’s DNA, there are also clever innovations, such as the lightweight, water-resistant and wind-proof Blocktech jacket, and swimwear that’s practically seamless.