For Fall/Winter 2016, Sportmax looked to the country of Morocco for inspiration, a land filled with vivid textures and patterns that have often provided ideas for the fashion elite. Everyone approaches their versions of Morocco differently, which is evident in the way Sportmax interpreted Moroccan mosaic tiles and nomadic silhouettes through the lens of chic austerity. Desert neutrals and crisp monochromes combined with woven textures, pattern interplay, and ample volumes resulted in a collection that was both rough and refined.
Although the presentation is filled with bold graphics, these elements are limited to less than half the collection. The first ensemble is an example of one of the more decorative looks, featuring a long-line patchworked leather coat that mimicked Moroccan tiling. The tiling motif repeats on coats and sheath dresses before it is warped and flattened into thick lines that sliced the surfaces of fur shrugs, relaxed separates, jaunty capelets, and narrow coats of fur, knit, or canary yellow double-faced cashmere. The stripes bore the markings of minimalism, and created a graphic interplay between the lines of the silhouette and the collection’s long, fluid layers.
For Fall/Winter 2016, Sportmax looked to the country of Morocco for inspiration, a land filled with vivid textures and patterns that have often provided ideas for the fashion elite.
As the show went on, oversized shapes became more tailored, with nipped-waist and sloping sleeves that recalled similar looks in spring’s Céline show. The latter half of the show also saw an increase in geometric shapes that floated across surfaces at random, and looks that featured rigorous piping and structure that made the clothes feel like uniforms (albeit very chic ones). Toward the end, added textures sprang to life in the form of squiggle embroidery, which reminded one loosely of the unplanned path of the nomad. These squiggles were also translated into macramé knitwear and quilted silks, and when layered in alternating textures and cozy volumes, they turned out to be exquisitely chic options for the modern woman.