MM6 is a complementary vision that is an ode to the femininity within the ethos of Martin Margiela. The Belgian native launched the namesake label in 1988, and although he is no longer with the house, his design spirit lives on. Serving as a companion line of wearable clothing, accessories, and footwear, MM6 draws its inspiration from the more colloquial, casual moments of everyday life. MM6 represents a more street-inspired, ready-to-wear take on Margiela's intellectual approach to luxury. Tongue-in-cheek prints, graphical witticisms, geometric forms and sneakers are showcased in Margiela's vision.
"Anybody who's aware of what life is in a contemporary world is influenced by Margiela," Marc Jacobs told Women's Wear Daily in 2008. To say it's difficult to sum up the accomplishment's of Martin Margiela in one article is beyond an understatement. Known as fashion's invisible man, Margiela is notorious for avoiding the spotlight, a reaction he has to what he feels to be an overly commercialized industry. Instead, he prefers his work to do the talking, the audience should focus on the design aesthetic as opposed to the celebrity of the designer.
During his tenure at Maison Martin Margiela, he did not grant interviews, was not photographed, and did not appear at the end of the Maison Martin Margiela runway show, as is customary in the fashion industry. Communication with the press was conducted via fax, and all correspondence was signed "we" instead of "I". Many in the fashion media contended that Margiela's illusiveness was a publicity stunt. For their part, Maison Martin Margiela asserted that Margiela's disappearance was a genuine attempt to return the focus of fashion to the clothing, and not the personas behind it.
Martin Margiela is considered the honorary seventh member of the esteemed group of designers known as The Antwerp Six, which includes Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester, at the time the work of these designers represented a radical breakthrough. Their vision was so distinct and different it put Antwerp on the map as a a reputed fashion destination.