Maison Martin Margiela Menswear A/W12

Knitted bin bag cardigans fought for attention with motorbike trousers and black vinyl outfits at MMM's Paris show

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The MMM team is going from strength to strength as proved by a stellar A/W12 collection of imaginative fabrics and new takes on classic wardrobe staple pieces, most notably a black tuxedo with drawstring-controlled waistband. But the talking point of the show was Margiela's bin bag pieces. The unusual material (but somehow totally Margiela-logic) was used to create coats and bomber jackets - plus the piece de resistance, a cardigan woven out of 1,000 black bin liners.

Fur, the complete opposite material to the bin bags, was used heavily as an antidote to everything plastic, and was seen not only on coats and jackets but also as a super luxurious cardigan lining. Another appreciated element was the red/black/white motorbike trousers that made complete sense on the MMM catwalk, teamed up with a leather waistcoat. Black vinyl trousers and a heavy off white cable knit made for a realistic yet elegant take on a fisherman's outfit. The same sort of fabric durability was reinforced by a wool/leather/latex combo that perfectly summed up the next Winter collection.

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