You can make an entrance and an exit declaring the same fashion statement with this MM6 Maison Margiela collection, which often exalts the back of garments by duplicating them in the front. A cape-backed and cape-fronted trench coat, get it? Naturally the show video – charming with its Parisian cabaret setting, circa the 1920s – started with the finale, the silver confetti rising to the ceiling.
The look: Conceptual chic, with dashes of glamour and grit. Looks ranged from soigné blouses in fuchsia satin with narrow skirts to tattered cable-knit sweaters and inside-out biker jackets. Invisible side zippers allow the wearer to enter a pinstriped jacket with two backs, and jeans with back pockets on both sides.
Quote of note: “Revolved inside out, upside down and back-to-front, traditional pieces reveal new design dimensions for a reborn wardrobe inspired by these topsy-turvy times,” the press notes said. (MM6 is credited to a design collective.)
Standout pieces: A brilliant collaboration with Eastpak sees backpacks sprouting straps from both sides, and even fanny packs come fully reversible: The white membrane inside will crackle over time like the white paint synonymous with the Paris house. In clothing, you’ve got to love the long shearling in the shape of a lab coat, and white jeans with rips on the back of the knees. Ha-ha!
Takeaway: This label skews closely to the original spirit of the Belgian founder, and has found a compelling groove with an added couture touch. The garments are loaded with personality, distinctive details and subtle humor.