Rumor has it that in addition to designing for his own label, Marios Schwab, has been spotted at the Maison Martin Margiela studio, where sources say he is “ghost-designing” for the Paris-based house. Belgian-born Martin Margiela, who founded the design house in 1989, is quite an elusive creature, so much so that save for one image, which was published in the New York Times in 2008, he has never had his picture taken and would always remain backstage after his shows.
In case that’s not enough, the house handled all media contact via fax in Martin Margiela’s days. In late 2008, Margiela reportedly offered up his creative director position to Raf Simons and then Haider Ackermann, both of whom appeared to have turned it down. In late 2009, Margiela majority stakeholder Renzo Rosso finally spoke out, saying: “Martin has not been there for a long time. He is here but not here. We have a new fresh design team on board. We are focusing on young, realistic energy for the future; this is really Margiela for the year 2015.” The company declined to comment on the reasons for Margiela’s exit.
Now, WWD points out the Margiela’s owner, Renzo Rossi, and CEO, Giovanni Pungetti, were seated in the front row of Schwab’s latest London Fashion Week show. A spokesperson for the Schwab declined to comment, while a representative for Margiela emphasised the collective nature of the design studio – so even if it is true, it’s unlikely we’ll ever get a confirmation.