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London Fashion Week SS19 – MM6 Maison Margiela

Spring/Summer 2019 represented the latest development of the MM6 Maison Margiela wardrobe for women, a distinct wardrobe with a streetwear identity – a democratic, egalitarian MM6 uniform. The line encompasses ready-to-wear for women, accessories, footwear and jewellery.

The notions of social and political responsibility are evident, influenced by the classic AIDES t-shirt created in 1994 by the house for the French charity of the same name. Inspired by the idea of rediscovery and the ‘replica’ central to the ethos of Margiela, objects purchased from a vendor at the Paris flea markets at Clignancourt are used as the foundation of the collection. This Parisian heritage has been translated to London: the result is younger, alluding to the urban streetwear community evident in the latter city.

Sections of vintage garments, treatments to imitate distress, or entire reproductions at different scale are used. Age-crushed vintage dresses in satin are appliquéd to cotton sweatshirts; the satin bags used to package chocolates in the 1900s are scaled up, to become shift dresses. Colours are borrowed from a different time: pastel purple, pink and pistachio, the colours of the Belle Epoque, punctuated with black, white and denim blue.