Tuesday 18th September

| BY Dino Bonacic

MM6 Maison Margiela: Ready-to-Wear SS19

Making just visually interesting clothes isn’t good enough no more. The wave of bigger, social change doesn’t seem to be coming down anytime soon, and the team at MM6 Maison Margiela know it. With access to an archive of one of the most socially progressive designers in recent history, the design team behind the brand seemed to have been looking back to look into the future. For their SS19 collection, a lot of archival Margiela elements were brought back into play – the photographic prints on white jersey dresses, shiny satins in subversive cuts, and even some literal Martin Margiela prints.

“There is more action to be done to fight AIDS than to wear this T-shirt but it’s a good start” was written in bold, painted-on font all over bags, t-shirts, dresses and jackets. It was a reissue of a classic 1994 Margiela tee, supporting the French AIDES charity fighting against the virus and helping people living with it. Even 24 years after it’s first release, the print seemed as important as ever.

The wider collection embraced the literal meeting of Rock’n’Roll Victoriana. Classical music morphed into some heavy rock and then back. And so on the soundtrack went as the girls dressed in black jersey and some of the most delightful colours we’ve seen this season walked up and down. Duchesse satins in light lavender purple and a sweet pistachio green made us want to head straight to Ladurée as soon as the show ended. But we couldn’t – it was 9pm, time to head out for a party. That’s MM6 for you – a brand of contradictions, bringing together what you couldn’t imagine otherwise.

Photographs by Jason-Lloyd Evans.