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Cult of impersonality

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