MM6 SS2017 presentation took place at christies. The formal setting provides a contrast to the diy, spontaneous spirit of the showcase – echoing the interest in contrasts and dichotomies. 100 Of the houses iconic japanese bags, all in denim, are customized on site by painters and artists from the MM6 circle.
Accidental beauty, instinct, human touch and customisation are embraced. Mannequins displaying the collection also provide a canvas. Stop motion footage of the transformation will be available online after the presentation, providing a sense of the experience for the wider MM6 community unable to attend.
Hugs and kisses. Collaboration. Unions. Friendships. Togetherness.
Abstraction of shape suggesting the silhouette of two people entwined. Inspiration drawn from the view of the back of a couple - the creased and tangled clothing informs cuts, clinching details, tabs and buttons. The v-neck dominates. Elongation and deconstruction are central – sleeves hang low, while sports vest are extended. The front and back of garments are echoed and repeated. A denim skirt has pockets on both sides, while a leather top is made from two identical back pieces.
Feline details – cat bells on necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Other pieces are inspired by the Margiela archive tag. Drawstring stoppers and the 6 motif also provide references. Bags come in leather, or scarecrow-inspired raffia.
The MM6 take on the flared heel boot returns with a 70s glam rock spirit. Additionally, there are clogs and classic brogues with a new low galvanized steal heel.
Humble fabrics – everyday cotton and denim. Echoing the theme of union, unusual combinations are brought together. On a slip dress, technical fabric is mixed with lace. On tailoring, sweatshirt fabric is introduced. Elsewhere, collectable ‘bake-your-own’ gender-less t-shirts come with a transfer to create your own bespoke camo print. Circles of fabric ensure that when manufactured even simple pieces are totally unique.
A mystical cat print nods to modern digital obsessions. Weaving through the graphics are subtle MM6 motifs. Stripes are lifted from the archive. Two styles of camo print run throughout.
Derek Hardie Martin
Thomas De Kluyver