The funny thing about this collection is that much of it was conceptualized before the pandemic. Miyako and the team began designing for Spring 2021 in January 2020—and then boom, everything was disrupted. Suddenly, they weren’t only presented with the challenge of doing fittings over Zoom (“We thought the Zoom fittings were quite successful until we saw the products in person,” jokes Miyako), but also reimagining the collection for our mid-pandemic, work-from-home, hybrid lifestyles.
Miyako ran with the hybrid concept and created styles that can be worn both now and when we go back to the office (or our lives, for that matter). There are ponte leggings (an M.M. first!), as well as beautiful, machine-washable silks. Then, there are statement pieces, like the James dress, which looks structured and sexy, but is easy to dress down. “You could wear the James dress with a sweatshirt, a casual blazer, or even a big cardigan,” says Miyako.
Our new washable silk knits are the very definition of hybrid dressing—especially if you’re looking for a bit of luxury. “We want you to have that instant feeling of, oh, this feels so luxurious, and you want to stay in it, whether if you’re at home or at work.”
Ultimately, the collection looks different from previous M.M. offerings because it is. It’s lighter and a little less buttoned up, but still purposeful and tailored to perfection. As Miyako explains, “We wanted to make sure that the clothes have a place in your life that makes sense.” And if they don’t make sense, that’s fun too. After all, what about life right now really makes sense?