Though Kanye’s epic rants are usually the most newsworthy topics to come out of his tours, it’s the artist’s Maison Martin Margiela masks that have the blogosphere buzzing. From baroque-inspired to black studded to an opalescent sequin disco ball, the masks were easily the most striking pieces of West’s entire tour wardrobe. Our favorite? The austere version crafted out of tiny square marble tiles—a perfect representation on this fall’s marble moment.
First introduced on the Paris runway last spring in Alexander Wang’s debut collection for Balenciaga, the trend has picked up traction among street style stars and fast fashion brands. While Wang showed the motif on oversized intarsia knit sweaters, chubby shaved fox jackets and coquettish T-strap pumps—perfect for wear-to-work staples, winter layering or going out—sportier takes on the trend also look fresh.
Though it’s going strong now, the marble trend has the potential for a long shelf life. Made up of timeless black and white and organic in feel thanks to its haphazard cracks and lines, marble prints offer a much-deserved break from the hyper-digital patterns of seasons past. We love this simple chiffon Mango dress, which can transition effortlessly from office to cocktails with a box clutch and simple pump. Also an ideal wear-to-work staple, these Tucker slouchy crepe pants pair well with a chunky black turtleneck or sleek blazer. For weekends, slip on a pair of MiH marbled jeans for some gritty texture.
Add a touch of marble luxe to your yoga outfit or gym attire. For super-soft warm-ups, Raquel Allegra’s raglan tee has the just the right about of slouch, as does Chalayan’s trompe l’oeil sweatshirt. Finish the look with fall’s must-have shoe, the fashion sneaker, done perfectly by Balenciaga and Nike.
Similar to leopard, zebra or pony prints, marble acts as a new neutral that can pair as effortlessly with the season’s bubblegum pinks as it can with classic camel. But if head-to-toe prints seem more wallpaper than W magazine, snag the trend with a few strategic accessories. For splurge-worthy handbags, pick-up Stella McCartney’s marbled box clutch, Kenzo’s striped pouch or 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Pashli satchel, or add a subtle print with these Persol sunnies or an innovative DIY manicure.