18 Images

Cult of impersonality

The white carpet in Martin Margiela’s Beverly Hills boutique is intentionally soiled with footprints leading to a champagne-glass tower displaying his boots and shoes. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Accessories (11) and shoes (22) are announced in neon at the store. The designer numbers his lines. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
A pressed crocodile hobo surrounded by a fence of nails. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Margiela’s split-toe boots are a signature item. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
From the designer’s Artisanal collection, a chain-mail top made from interlocking jeweled rings. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Margiela’s trademark four label stitches, visible on the exterior of the garment. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
The master of underexposure uses numbers instead of his name on the label. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Detail of a wool sweater at the Beverly Hills store, Margiela’s second U.S. boutique. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
“Mug shots” decorate the men’s dressing room. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
A pedestal and lights are reflected in the mirrored door of the women’s dressing room. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Pieces of the women’s collection await Margiela’s fashion-foward clientele. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
The floor of the showroom is photo-printed to look like wood. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Who let the camel in? (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Pieces of fur from vintage coats were sewn into a “gutted” pullover to make this piece. (Maison Martin Margiela)
An evening dress crafted from rings and other jewelry. (Maison Martin Margiela)
Perfect for L.A.: a “fur” coat made of tinsel. (Maison Martin Margiela)
Circles of vintage denim are used as sequins on a pair of vintage jeans. (Maison Martin Margiela)