Paris Fashion Week spring 2014: Maison Martin Margiela review

PARIS -- It was a delicate dance between masculinity and femininity in the Maison Martin Margiela spring 2014 collection shown Friday afternoon at Paris Fashion Week.

The look: Tailored suit pieces and elegant silk slips with decorative flourishes to add on, such as removable, structured velvet sleeves and chiffon trains attached with elastic bands, or crystal-embroidered, corseted dresses that looked as if they had been sliced apart, turned around and worn as elegant coats.

The suiting was gorgeous too, including a blazer that tied in back, left suggestively open to reveal a hint of skin. Another standout? A sleeveless pinstripe suit jacket with a lingerie-like ruched tulle bodice, worn over suit pants.

The verdict: an interesting and inventive way of thinking about day-to-night dressing. (Instead of putting on sparkly jewelry or shoes, how about fastening on a pair of gorgeous sleeves or a diaphanous train?) It was also refreshing to see some strong tailored pants and jackets on the runway in a season with so many skirts and dresses.

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