>> As per the Paris Fashion Week norm, I've put on my Dazed Digital cap and been reporting rampantly for them this week. I'm carrying three phones getting my head round about three different Twitter/Instagram/Vine accounts and basically running around Paris, giving myself mental high fives whenever I make it to every show/appointment/presentation because I've stuck two fingers up at Paris' horrendous traffic and used *gasp* the Metro. One girl was shocked that I was on public transportation, she literally quivered as she asked to have her picture taken with me. Are bloggers supposed to travel in pumpkin-shaped gilded carriages?
I'm all talked out about the shows for now as all my show chat is on Dazed but one immediate thing to bring to attention came about at the Maison Martin Margiela show. For those of you with short hair, this may not excite you so much so apologies if I sound like a crazed overenthusiastic loon. I thought we had seen everything that's physically possible in the technical constuction of a garment. I thought nothing new could be termed. However, can we take a second to ponder these inbuilt hair straps that were worked into every jacket, shirt, coat, dress and top at the MMM show today. Have we seen these done before? If not, why haven't they been done before? This solves a lot of the problems that afflicts the I-don't-know-what-to-do-with-my-hair tribe, which I'm an enthused member of. No product, pins, clips and hairbands required. Just shove the mane into place, in its prime located hair strap.
If any of you do find prior examples of this simple but very VERY nifty design detailing, please do let me know. To my mind, I can't recall this being used. It seems to have been a solution that stemmed from women tucking their long hair into a poloneck (thanks Celine) or wearing it loose and entirely obscured by a giant upturned coat collar. Therefore, I'd say Maison Martin Margiela have a fairly good case to apply for a design patent if they are deemed to be the one and only inventors of the hair-strap, to stop everyone else getting their knock-off mitts on this feature. I urgently needed to hone in on this bit of detailing that isn't even visible from the frontview of catwalk images. It feels strange that such a practical tailored and somewhat insignifcant device would come from MMM but yet at the same time, the height of Margiela's prowess was when high-concept married up with pragmatic reality. This was definitely one of those instances.