In Fall / Winter 2020 during London Fashion Week, the traditionally feminine brand MM6 by Maison Margiela has launched a unisex collection with sports brand The North Face.
Highlighting the modular and customizable nature of both the MM6 collection and The North Face’s original Expedition System, the garments are designed with interlocking properties that adapt and expand the protective and insulating components of each design. Drawing from The North Face’s black shoulder construction and crafted in a bright palette of Cobalt, Violet, Bottle Green, Sun Yellow, and Safety Orange, the fabrics ensure each piece retains maximum functionality while embodying a sculptural silhouette and decidedly avant-garde. This duality applies to key styles, including the Himalayan hooded coat, the Mountain Kaban cape style and the compact Nuptse puffer jacket, all made with recycled down insulation.
The Denali Zip-Up Jacket is stretched over a wrap dress and shortened like a jumper, each cut in warm pre-washed recycled fleece. An advanced triple zip system allows the sleeves to be adjustable, while the original closures allow Denali and Nuptse styles to close directly onto the Mountain Kaban. The enlarged MM6 “number” device reflects The North Face logo embroidered in white thread on each piece.
The accessories also mix details of the MM6 iconography with the classic style of The North Face. The quilted Nuptse scarf, for example, is tailored with two pockets and a loop closure system to become one piece, while the opera-length alpine mittens are split at the thumb for a “Tabi” effect. A circular backpack and tote bag are modeled after The North Face Base Camp Duffel’s circular base, with strap handles and a clear ID window.
The capsule is now available for purchase from $290 online at MaisonMargiela.com and in-stores at select retailers.