MM6 Maison Margiela AW24: A Youth Quake

The brand's latest collection bridged the gap between generations

At MM6 Maison Margiela, all eyes are on the next generation. A cast of fresh young faces, all sporting glasses of some kind, wore oversized leather jackets and mustard colored denim, blazers and tops with exaggerated straight shoulders, and thigh-high boots that disappeared beneath short dresses, with distressed hemlines that suggested they may get shorter still. There were references to silhouettes from previous collections by Margiela for Hermès. That was his youth, revamped for the youth of today.

It was a dynamic collection and an equally dynamic presentation. Models entered down a stairwell before veering off onto the runway, and returning up the stairs once they were through. They seemed to come from all directions. It felt like an invasion, like the youth were taking over.

A propulsive rhythm drove the show forward. The soundtrack featured indie, alternative and electronic music from the aughts – the sounds of a past generation, the one who was now watching the show unfold, waiting to see what the kids would do next. The collection also featured a first-time collaboration with Dr. Martens, but hey, no one generation can claim those.

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