Max Mara, a decidedly Italian brand, chose Anglo-Saxon culture as its starting point for Fall/Winter 2014. Indeed, the entire collection read like a rummage through the closet of an old Oxford professor. Tweeds, wools, herringbones, Prince of Wales checks, and plaids were all present, but they were kept relevant for the modern-day woman when presented on quilted doudounes, puffer gilets, and sleeveless jackets. Other staples of traditional British style included the trench coat, ye olde grandpa’s sleeveless wool sweaters, which were stretched into sweater-dresses for the purpose of winter layering, and the Chelsea boot. Instead of the traditional brown or black leather versions, the ones on the Max Mara runway were a mush sassier style in gold, croc-embossed leather. The gilet, a rather banal piece of clothing when you think about it, was used to add dimensionality and fluidity to the presentation through trompe l’oeil tactics.
Beneath all of this bulky outerwear, the collection maintained a certain femininity through the pairing of every look with a fitted pencil skirt. This, along with peeks of dark denim and unexpected panels of gold leather here and there, allowed the Max Mara team to transform stiff, perhaps outdated, ideas into ones that would incite a strong desire even in the pickiest of “It” girls.
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