By Roisin Breen

For Spring-Summer 2023, MM6 Maison Margiela invited guests into the sacred space of the rehearsal – into the process behind the performance. Sat on its main stage, the audience could see the Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo from the same vantage point as the dancers, limbering up for a run-through of Igor Stravinsky’s seismic ballet – an avant-garde masterpiece to this very day – The Rite of Spring. In the stalls, the sixty-strong ensemble of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, conducted by Wladimir Schall, was making its final tunings before the dress rehearsal began.

Clothes were crafted with vigorous, balletic movement in mind. The sleeves of scoop-necked jumpers are attached in reverse, allowing for arms to be thrown skywards into the fifth position with ease.  

Vests were scaled up and layered as airy minidresses, and MM6 Salomon Adv Skin 5 running vest, a product of this season’s continued collaboration with the French outdoor sports brand, first introduced for Autumn-Winter 2022, featured throughout – handy for whenever water breaks call. Elsewhere, the brand’s signature sole tooling was used for thigh-high boots with pointes uppers, available in blush and black. 

 As ever with MM6 Maison Margiela, this was a collection that reiterated the brand’s core philosophy – rather than imposing how they should be worn, these are clothes to be lived in as the wearer pleases. Whether for running, dancing or lounging, these garments are not ready to wear – they are ready when worn.

Discover all the looks below.