Maison Martin Margiela is one of the most mysterious designers in the fashion world today.  The Belgian designer who started the line keeps an extremely low profile and I just found out that he actually never allows his picture to be taken and stays entirely backstage during his fashion shows.  The designer label that bears his name uses a numbering system for categorizing their pieces, and Eyewear is the number 8.

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Before the classy aviators, the only Maison Martin Margiela sunglasses that I’ve ever seen in the fashion world were the mono-lens super funky visor sunglasses that were released in summer 2008.  The mirrored lenses were the craziest (or most fashionable?) option and had a disctinctly futuristic robot vibe.  The L’Incognito sunglasses were the first design in the “8” line of eyewear, and more visor mono-lens goggle-inspired styles soon followed.

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Maison Martin Margiela Incognito Assemble Aviators $615

These 2010 Maison Martin Margiela Incognito Assemble Aviators are completely different from the previous “8” styles.  I actually love this and could see them working as a timeless piece for both men and women.  The design is a simple adaptation to the classic gold metal aviator with acetate tortoise shell frames that wrap only the outer half of the lenses.  The mirrored lenses are two-toned in gold and brown.  This design is a collaboration with the Italian company Marcolin.

The Incognito Aviators are (surprisingly) available online at La Garconne, but I expect they will sell out extremely fast.  Priced at a Margiela-worthy price of $615, these are probably the most expensive sunglasses that I’ve seen in a long time.  But I do think they are quite amazing….