If MM6 is the younger sister to Maison Martin Margiela, the fall show certainly lived up to the youthful vibe. It was urban, athletic and clean, with hints of the tongue-in-cheek minimalism that is at the core of the namesake label’s DNA.
The show opened to the onstage strains of singer Sean Nicholas Savage, whose airy falsetto would prove a perfect complement to the characteristically low-key collection. Simple shapes — shift dresses, city shorts, button-ups, and biker jackets — were elevated through oversized proportions, creative layering, and unusual finishes like metallic copper denim and white fabric that looked like crumpled paper. Others, like a slouchy cableknit sweater in shocking red, were simply perfect by virtue of their simplicity.
In one of the show’s more adventurous moments, bulky bubble-wrap blouses found their way both over and under other garments. It was a knowing nod to the house’s experimental use of materials that may just end up the season’s most copied look by fashion students the world over. In fact, much of the show had a similar feeling, an approachable your-wardrobe-only-better vibe that marks the most desirable — and salable — of contemporary collections. While couture is great for conjuring dreams, this is what today’s girls are ready to wear.