The iconic George Barris photo of Marilyn Monroe on the beach folding her arms across a Fair Isle sweater to brace against a sudden gust of wind was the inspiration behind Max Mara’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection, so much so that it even informed the way the models posed for their runway walk. To the sound of crashing waves, they emerged one after the other, Gigi Hadid at the head of the pack, hugging their arms to their bodies and sporting Marilyn-inspired blonde bobs. They wore a beautiful collection of neutral-colored outerwear and knitwear, cozy coats and robes, and shorter jackets that mimicked the popular proportions of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Once we had gotten over the striking similarities between Monroe and Hadid, who hugged a minimalist camel coat around her body and spared just enough bustline to instantly remind us of the starlet, we were able to focus on the soft fabrics that made this collection the most inviting we’d seen all season. Ian Griffiths offered plenty of chic options for the coming season, from faded blue furs and subtle houndstooth checked prints to white mohair bombers and velvety quilted suede. The fit was oversized, yet seductive, and perfectly tailored dresses skimmed the body’s curves. He also played up the Marilyn-on-the-beach angle with oversized knitwear pieces. She was the sex symbol of an entire generation, but this photo, taken in 1962, depicts a different side of Marilyn, one that makes her the perfect starting point for a collection that celebrates a more covered-up sensuality.
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