High Definition: The Story of Our Fall Collection
September 22, 2017 | Filed in: Your Closet
For our fall collection, High Definition, MM’s design team did what they do best—created sleek, elegant pieces, inspired by the structure and polish of menswear but tailored to flatter curves. At first glance, it seems like classic MM, but upon closer examination, this collection is more elevated than anything we’ve done before. The fabrics are extra soft and sumptuous, the details are next-level, and the proportions merit a double take (in the best way). We talked to MM creative director Miyako Nakamura about what makes these pieces so special—and how she envisions them fitting into your closet.
Miyako: We stuck to a very traditional, refined color palette this season, with a lot of navy and gray. When you have darker, understated colors, it can create more room for unexpected design details, like an asymmetrical hem or a voluminous sleeve, while still looking streamlined and professional. For example, the Rosa dress and Allende top both have a mutton sleeve and nipped waist; it’s a modern, fashion-forward silhouette, and in navy they look put-together and office-friendly. They also mix well with black separates and accessories.
STRIPES ON STRIPES
We feature stripes almost every season, and this fall, we wanted to play with them in a fresh way. For the Cindy dress, we angled the stripes in contrasting directions, which has a slimming effect. We also made a beautiful striped vest and matching coat in smoke stripe, which is super elongating. They’re designed be worn separately or together for extra warmth—when they’re layered, it looks like a modern three-piece suit. The Parks coat has a beautiful hourglass shape, and the YuLim vest can be worn open or tied in the front or back.
A SOFTER SUIT
We introduced the Oliver jacket last year, and while I’ve always loved it, I wanted to make it even less constricting this time around. Women need to move, and jackets often feel stiff. For this iteration, we cut it in a stretchier fabric and redid the interior construction to allow for a full range of motion—you can wave your arms in it. I love how it looks as a full suit, with the matching Cobble Hill 3.0 skirt. You can also wear the jacket with a thick belt at the waist, or just open.
Another relaxed version of the suit jacket for this season is the Liberty coat, which has menswear-inspired details like besom pockets and crisp shoulders, but is tailored to flow around the body. It’s always my goal to have sleek, clean closures, and I love that the hook-and-eye fastenings are a bit decorative. You can throw it on to make a casual outfit feel more “finished,” and if you need to look more formal, you can pair it with a collared shirt in cream.
This fall is all about tactile, luxurious fabrics that would convey structure but also feel incredibly comfortable. Our new brushed twill has an amazing weight to it, and we brought back our silk jersey for the Callie dress, which has a gorgeous twist in the back. I was inspired by sculptural, architectural silhouettes this season, particularly 1950s-style shapes with a wider sleeve and defined waist. When you work with high-quality materials, it increases the range of what you can do with design.