The Spring/Summer 2022 collection of MM6 Maison Margiela invites you to La Belle Aurore, one of Milan’s traditional social events, where you can clink glasses, eat and drink.
This collection is an extrovert and eclectic celebration of life’s return to our cities’ bars, restaurants, and streets; of the surreal, cinematic experience of seeing people from all walks of life interacting together once more.
Jaunty graphic effects are influenced by feelings of giddy joy. In the Spring/Summer collection, the house has fashioned chessboards of red and pine green mylar on denim trousers, wool tailoring subtly morphs as the wearer moves, while an abbreviated jacket — derived from last season’s gabardine coat — and a version of the house’s signature Japanese bag bear textures that simulate psychedelic warps.
There’s also a sense of playful contradiction and subversion at play: peak-lapelled jackets are meticulously crafted from a silk-blend fabric the colour of humble toiling cloth, while opera gloves are the same shade as the Marigolds you use for washing dishes.
It’s a spirit echoed in the rebelliousness of the surrealist women artists that inspired the MM6 Maison Margiela collective this season — Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning among them. Their influence makes itself felt in off-kilter details like the gravity-defying float of collars and a foulard, lavender-filled teabags worn as pendulous earrings, and ‘broken’ pearl chains.
Check out the full collection below.