Maison Martin Margiela is known for their unyielding sense of modernist innovation. They’re also known for their trademark blank chain-link ID bracelets. Now they’ve amplified their vision by turning their famed jewelry piece into a witty bag. Well, a bag strap, to be specific.
Conceptually speaking, this is great. But will you actually want to wear it? That hefty metal ridge looks awfully painful, even if your winter coat is ultra-thick. As cool as oversized chains are, they’re equally impractical. It’s a recurring problem with certain bags: I love the look – just not the feel. This magnified effect just goes to show: bigger (and innovative) doesn’t necessarily mean better. On NET-A-PORTER for $2,230.
Pair with: Unless you’re an excess enthusiast (not that there’s anything wrong with that), this is all the heavy metal you need for one look, as long as you have the shoulders to handle it. Balance it out with Helmut Lang’s buckled ankle boot of python-stamped leather. At Barneys New York for $795.