MM6 Maison Martin Margiela x Opening Ceremony
February 12, 2011 New York
One example: a fitted, quilted leather bomber with short sleeves and its partner, a shiny nylon jacket with sleeves that matched the bomber leather. Each piece could be worn separately, or they could be put together for a seamless look. For that matter, they could be slotted together with other looks; the nylon bomber lining, for instance, looked rather smart underneath a chubby faux fur with sleeves cut off at the same length as the bomber.
It would be impossible to catalog all the possibilities for mix-and-match here, but suffice to say that the collection was as chic as it was clever. A particularly strong coordinated set comprised a short, matte satin cocktail dress with a knit turtleneck collar, and a drapey V-neck T-shirt dress that could be worn over it, or alone. Another was the cable-knit vests and fitted knit dresses with cabled sleeves that could be combined to color-block, or to create a seamless Aran sweater effect. (And so on, ad infinitum.) The accessories were also particularly good—simple stack-heel boots that married with matching leather stirrup spats, and a truly all-in-one tote bag with exterior pockets that snapped off to make a coin purse and a clutch. The folks at MM6 haven't yet decided whether this collaboration is a one-off or if it will be a recurring effort. Here's hoping that by the time customers have mastered the possibilities of this collection, there'll be another one in the works.