Every Look from MM6 Maison Margiela Spring/Summer 2022

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Only MM6 Maison Margiela can transform the yellow-gloved look of housewives’ past into a modish statement piece. For their latest Spring/Summer collection, MM6 invited the world to a private reservation at La Belle Aurore in Milan, complete with black-tie waiters and “prelude to a kiss” cocktails. Rather than typical people watching, diners oohed-and-ahhed at looks crossing a sidewalk runway.

But perhaps it was only a dream? MM6’s show was bursting with surrealism, both subtly and overtly. A melted checkerboard, gloves unescorted by hands, a picture of a backpack…on a backpack. Deciphering between reality and imagination added a vibrant twist to an already engaging spectacle. Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington, and Dorothea Tanning were among the female surrealists cited by the house as inspiration.

Despite the collection’s playful and fun exterior, an eerie undertone of the sinister clown motif existed in a number of looks. As seen in the film It, the models wore harlequin collars, held single balloons, and donned red accents. Circus-inspired pieces are hardly an indication of horror, but the juxtaposition of costume-like pieces and party decor against sophisticated silhouettes is noteworthy. MM6’s element of childlike spirit introduced an exciting air of “everything is not what it seems,” ultimately drawing back to their surrealist theme.

In terms of design, MM6 evidently gravitates to the classic blazer. Most of the collection featured apparent nods to menswear; broad shoulders and tailored suits serving as backbone. Against the quite simple color palette, each piece’s brilliant structure and construction was the star of the show. Asymmetry, unexpected volume, and the frequent opera glove resulted in a striking lineup for MM6 this season.

Flip through the Spring/Summer 2022 looks below.

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