Whether you’re dressing for work or for navigating the city, it is a delicate art, and the new collection from the Maison Margiela diffusion label puts this art front and centre.
Line 6, now renamed MM6, was founded by avant-garde design house Maison Margiela in 1997 as a unisex diffusion line. MM6 is a casual-yet-unique approach to street-style attire, operated by an anonymous group of designers. The label’s AW22 collection, debuted at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, modifies classic fashion staples using distinctive materials and innovative processes, making it less experimental and more accessible than the boundary-pushing Maison Margiela label.
A boxy tailored black jacket with sharp shoulders and crisp lines, as well as a characteristic MM6 label embroidered into a black sleeve, opened their Milan show. The blue collar of a button-up shirt poked out from beneath the coat, which was worn over a folded snake-print turtleneck.
The relaxed suiting concept runs across the whole collection. An enormous blue snake-print blazer is one design, while a green leather waistcoat dress with an excessively exaggerated peak lapel is another. Innovation appears in the form of the replacement of two sleeves with a single circular cutout on the reverse. A five-zip jacket, a leather overcoat, a blazer, and a hoodie all feature this same technique. Through the use of negative space, the cut brings freshness and modernity to otherwise basic wardrobe staples.
The collection also features distressed knits, deconstructed leather outfits, and sophisticated evening apparel. The majority of the designs are wearable and accessible, with the show’s motorbike jacket and long trench coats readily fitting into any modern wardrobe. Blockish denim trucker jackets with four-hole button detailing convey an utilitarian workwear style. The models wear bold-hued shoes (high top and low top) created in conjunction with outdoor sports brand Salomon.
The exhibition continues to delve into the MM6 realm, modifying and building on already existing concepts to create a wardrobe fit for contemporary life.