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.
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.
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….