Glitter aplenty and a “terrifyingly cool warehouse party in Hackney” set vibe, MM6 was achingly edgy.
From glitter flatforms to bags full of Beer, MM6’s first London collection really captured the essence of the capital’s coolest kids. The smell of stale-cigarettes and flaky-white painted brick walls housed the show, while the runway’s interactive backdrop saw an array of old-school mixing desks, vintage amps and boxy TVs pushed up against the wall like the speakerbox at some terrifyingly cool warehouse party in Hackney. Models would appear from the back and uninterestedly punch on a few buttons – each time adding more distortion to the groaning house track overhead – before clonking down the runway in the absolute must have glitter-covered towering baby-doll flatforms. Legs were often matching – in thigh high red or silver sparkly leg-warmers. Billowy pirate shirts, and bandeau-bodies were constructed from butcher-apron plastics in blues and whites. Super covetable narrow-knit tops – which were cut from the nipple – draped down to the knee and were tied in bulbous swinging knots in blue and pink sparkle. These unmissable disco references had that intelligent Margiela twist – everything felt like dress-up, even the most wearable pieces.
Back to Basics
If you’re not into your weekend-long sequin-fuelled disco benders, then MM6’s worked denims and muted basics will factor well into any wardrobe. Jeans in a relaxed fit were paneled in deep indigo at the thigh, and washed out denim below the knee. A classic over-worn western jacket was standardly constructed, minus a whole left sleeve. A deep blue and white tie-dye jacket jean combo added a spot of outrage to a double denim moment. The standout look from the understated camp was a super baggy jersey jumpsuit in tangerine, beneath a buttery, beautiful floor length tan leather jacket – so soft it flitted at the hem with each step.
Eagle print dresses and tees in deep black were dotted throughout the collection. Think expensive take on vintage Americana: pieces which were perfect for those day-to-night pickles often had when lunch turns into an all night lock-in-cum-rave at your local. On the whole the collection felt designed for youth – for those fantastically cool Londoners who walk to the door of any party and get right in. The feel of the brand remains similarly critical and forward thinking, yet injected a fantastically trashy element here. It seemed as though the designer had really looked at the style of London’s streets now, of course capturing it with wit, creativity, and beauty – both in his designs, setting and casting: with the likes of Grace Pickering and Josh Quinton stomping down the line to the beat of Margiela’s fantastic drum.
Photographer: Thurstan Redding
Words: Tom Rasmussen