After months of speculation on the role Martin Margiela was holding at his eponymous label, it has been confirmed that the designer has indeed been absent from operations for some time. Renzo Rosso, founder of Diesel who has owned a majority stake in the company since 2002, told WSGN, "Martin has not been there for a long time. He is here but not here." Um, OK. As if to clarify, Rosso went on to say, "We have a new fresh design team on board. We are focusing on young,
realistic energy for the future; this is really Margiela for the year
For the Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2010 show that recently was shown in Paris, the reaction was definitely mixed. Critics disapproved of the line for the most part; Suzy Menkes went as far as to call the collection "tragic". But WWD's review on the futuristic designs was actually uplifting, and Rihanna seemed to enjoy the show from her front row perch. When news of Margiela's reported absence first broke out, fashion media thought that designer Haider Ackerman would be taking his place in the chief role, though Rosso's new design "team" seems to be holding the reigns for the time being.
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