In these unprecedented times, there have been a great many propositions for how we should dress ourselves. Some designers have suggested elevated knit sets; others have dreamed up sparkles (and lots of them). MM6 Maison Margiela, which debuted its Fall 2021 collection today, on the other hand, is imagining a remix instead. “Reinvention is a kind of rebirth, a deeply creative process of destruction and reconstruction,” a press release said of the lineup, which took its cues from the French avant-garde composer Erik Satie, artist Marcel Duchamp’s playful “readymades,” the environmental sounds of the radical American composer John Cage, and Andy Warhol’s iconic 1960s Pop Art. “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.”
“This collection began with a simple question: how do pieces transform when their iconic parts are slightly rearranged, or totally scrambled,” the design collective asked itself. Seams and satin shoulder pads are exposed on blouses; jacquard knits appear to be worn inside out; shearling is reversed on the label’s signature lab coats; pearly ear pendants feature clasps on both sides; and anamorphosis portraits of the composers Sibelius, Satie, and Ravel might even require a double take. In fact, the season’s short video, filmed in Paris’s 11th arrondissement Maison des Métallos theater, starts and ends with the 21-piece collection’s finale: a tattered sweater and a reversible canvas backpack from the French fashion house’s collaboration with Eastpak, due out this September. Now, how exactly does one speed up time?
Below, watch MM6 Maison Margiela’s Fall 2021 show, set in an intimate 1920s French cabaret.