MM6 Maison Martin Margiela’s capsule collection with Opening Ceremony finally hit stores

a3653427973c5a44ae89a063219c07ed

Last Fashion Week, editors raised their prosecco glasses at the news of a collaboration between Opening Ceremony, purveyors of downtown cool, and MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, the sister brand to the main label created by enigmatic fashion rock star Martin Margiela. The collection, which hit stores last week, is completely in line with Maison’s heady design philosophy, including the “idea of recuperation, transformation and reinterpretation.”

Translation: The line consists of 20 separates — with a twist. Based on a three-in-one concept, most items play double duty, expanding your wardrobe without adding more clutter. Unfasten the lining of a jacket and you have another; with a slight tug, boots can be worn as knee-highs or ankle.

We sat down with Humberto Leon, co-founder of Opening Ceremony, and Renzo Rosso, president of Only the Brave (who in 2002 became a majority shareholder of Maison Martin Margiela) to find out how your new travel wardrobe came together.

Whose genius idea was it for this collaboration?

Leon: “I approached them saying I wanted to work on something with the Maison. We do this thing where we feature countries every year, and we decided to feature France. The Maison is based in Paris and it seemed like a perfect fit. I had talked to Renzo and he said to me, ‘If we do this, let’s do it really special.’ In the end, I feel we did something really special. And it was a year in the making — we had really thought this through.”

Rosso: “Me, I’m very passionate and I was in [Opening Ceremony], and I saw what they were doing and I said, ‘Wow that’s great.’ It started with this guy.”

How exactly did the creative process work?

Rosso: “We give it to our designers, the input, of what we wanted to do, they came up with the design. After, we showed it to the Opening Ceremony people and they put their own vision. They said, ‘This is not good, this can be fantastic.’ It was really two teams working together and I think this is why the result is very unique.”

Leon: “They came to us and said, ‘What do you love about MM6?’ and we gave them all the key points.”

Such as?

Leon:
“I think this idea of transformation, this idea of the item being more than what it actually is. I think the Maison is always very intellectual, but in a very beautiful way. We wanted to celebrate all of those different points.”

Rosso: “And we chose MM6 because the line is more open, more friendly, more unique and very wearable. We wanted to give MM6 visibility so it becomes more well known. With the 6 also we can [show] the wearability of Margiela with Opening Ceremony.

What are your favorite pieces?

Leon: “The outerwear is my favorite. It’s so versatile. We are presenting it for the fall collection, but I think you can wear this all year. I think there is something so special about having clothing that is so multipurpose; I feel if you pack one piece, you could have four outfits. For traveling, that’s amazing. It feels really modern.”

Rosso: “The jacket is so beautiful, but the whole collection is terrific.”
Is this a one-time romance or are you guys going to keep it going?

Leon: “I think this is the beginning of something.”

Rosso:
“Now that it’s so beautiful, let’s see.”

Leon on collaborating

You’ve done a lot of collaborations. Has this been the most intense?

“With this one, the challenge that was so exciting for me was I wanted every piece to be as exciting as the next. And I wanted each piece to have value. In my mind, when I buy a Margiela piece that’s what it means to me — it’s the value of each garment. I think when you look at this collection, each piece has that value.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.