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After all we’ve been through as a society, joy has become a somewhat complicated emotion. But this summer, we’re choosing to celebrate the good things and lean into the bright, exuberant side of warm-weather style. The last installment of our summer collection, Ode to Joy, is launching this week. In it, you’ll find summery stripes, crisp poplin, airy linen, and effortless silhouettes.

“During the early stages of designing the collection, we were looking at paintings by Lee Krasner,” says Miyako, M.M.’s Chief Creative Officer. “One of our team members brought up Krasner’s Earth Green series and the story behind it. The series documents her evolution as an artist after the death of her husband and life partner, Jackson Pollock. And as a design team, we were very inspired by the idea of emerging from struggle with a new sense of identity.”

While Krasner’s work inspired the concept behind the collection, it was a different artistic influence that brought the colors and patterns to life. “We came across these floral prints from a French print house, and they had the most beautiful, dynamic brush strokes,” explains Miyako. “We wanted to use these hand-painted florals to evoke romance. That became the center of the summer collection.”

Read on for a first look at our upcoming styles.

Playing with Poplin

For those sweltering days when even the thought of wearing clothes sounds like a lot, poplin is the answer. We’re introducing this washable, breathable fabric in three easy styles—a breezy dress, a tunic-style top, and elastic-waist shorts—that are almost as good as wearing nothing at all.

Turning Caftans into a Lifestyle

Think “coastal grandmother,” but for all ages. Made from a unique double-face Italian linen, the Freedlund caftan is the ultimate in easy dressing. Wear it as a beach cover-up, to the farmer’s market, or around the house to channel vacation energy at all times.

Showing Our Stripes

Call us creatures of habit, but we love a nautical summer stripe. With our new collection, we’re introducing everything from delicate pinstripes to bold navy-and-white stripes. Mix, match, and choose your own adventure.

Flirting with Florals

We know what your inner Meryl Streep is thinking—and yes, we do think this floral is groundbreaking. Our new meadow print reads like a floral from afar, but when you zoom in, you’ll see that it’s a bit more abstract. You can dress up the lightweight Gali dress and Camilla top with heels, jewelry, and flowy skirts (in the case of the Camilla). Or, pair with jeans and sneakers for a fresh, casual look.

Experimenting with Texture

Even if you’re not a patterns person, you can still add some personality to your look by incorporating unique textures. Our whimsical new popcorn knit looks substantial enough to make a statement, but when you wear it, you’ll realize how lightweight it is. In this collection, we’re especially excited about a new material called micro pleat, which we’ve been meticulously perfecting for over three years. Made using an artisanal Japanese technique, our micro pleat pieces incorporate pleats of varying sizes to create the garment’s silhouette.

The Lasha top and the Edith dress.

Jump(suit)ing for Joy

We know you love our jumpsuits, and we know you love our luxurious pima light French terry—so we’re giving you both with the new Janet jumpsuit. We think of the Janet like a T-shirt dress for pants people. It’s comfortable, easy to pull on, and put-together without being formal.

Celebrating Silk

From classic, floaty silk you can throw in the washing machine to silk jersey knits that feel like butter, we’ve been having a lot of fun pushing the boundaries of what silk can do. And with this collection, we’re releasing our most high-end silk styles yet. Ribbed silk jersey is made using a highly specialized knitting machine that makes the silk simultaneously soft, fine, and stretchy. “This is one of my favorite developments of all time,” says Miyako. “We wanted to create garments that are extremely kind to your skin—and your emotional state. True luxury is something that you feel, rather than something you show off to others. And these tops are the ultimate definition of luxury. We made these pieces a little sexier than our usual styles, because we want you to feel sexy when you’re dressing for yourself.”

The Meg top.

The Meg top.

The Wren top and the Lane skirt.

Reviving Our Favorite Fabrics

Of course, we wouldn’t release a new collection without revisiting the fabrics and silhouettes our customers love most. Look forward to stretchy Better Than Denim in new cuts and colors, fresh 3DKnit styles, and machine-washable suiting in our most-requested color, navy.

Written By

Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is the Senior Brand Manager at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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