The write stuff? Maison Martin Margiela designs a "smoking jacket" made of blue Biro lids


The write stuff Maison Martin Margiela designs a 'smoking jacket' made of blue Biro lids

Is it fashion, is it art… or is it stationery

Maison Martin Margiela has created a 'smoking jacket' made from Biro lids.

The office staple has been given a fashion makeover by the Belgian designer's label, its artistic eye elevating the two-to-a-penny plastic caps to a unique showpiece.

Pen pusher: Maison Martin Margiela's design celebrates the 'relationship where function becomes fashion'

Pen pusher: Maison Martin Margiela's design celebrates the 'relationship where function becomes fashion'

Whether their functionality is improved is another question and it is safe to say this in one fashion item that may be rather more about its aesthetics than any protection, warmth or waterproofing strengths.

Having just gone on display, the creation will be show at The Netherlands' Museum Rotterdam until September.

The jacket was created in 2009 by the Paris-based design house, and uses silk ribbon to thread the caps into workable strands that have been carefully strung together.

It is part of the design house's – more usually known for its sleek lines and sharp tailoring – 'Artisanal' collection.

Design cred: The fashion house's more usual designs, as seen today at Paris Fashion Week, focus on finely tailored jackets and sleek lines

Design cred: The fashion house's more usual designs, as seen today at Paris Fashion Week, focus on finely tailored jackets and sleek lines

According to the designer's Facebook
page, the 'Werkstjl' exhibition 'examines this relationship where
function becomes fashion.'

Today's Paris Fashion Week show saw rich woollen jackets, slashed skirts and challenging takes on wardrobe staples, cementing the label's strength in conceptual design.