Milan Fashion Week Coverage: Max Mara Spring 2016 Collection

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For Spring/Summer 2016, Max Mara woke up its early morning audience with a lively round of old sailor drinking songs, while portholes projected onto the catwalk’s background provided a glimpse of boats passing by in the distance. While the nautical theme is so often visited by the fashion industry that it needs no explanation or introduction, there are still creative merits to be found within the well-trod trope. Besides playing with elongated lengths and lots of sailor-striping and star prints, Max Mara made good on its always eagerly anticipated lineup of outerwear. This time around, alignment was askew as closures were mis-buttoned, leaving a puckered fold in the middle of each beautiful peacoat and jacket that came down the runway. It was a charming little detail that imbued looks with a carefree, wanton feel that pointed to the youthful orientation of the collection.

Max Mara woke up its early morning audience with a lively round of old sailor drinking songs.

Seafaring looks continued on Breton striped shirts with overlong sleeves that hung down past fingertips, boat printed tees, silky star-printed separates, and striped jersey dresses. Knitwear was also in the mix in the form of cropped vests and oversized cardigans, also featuring the nautical star motif. Max Mara’s selection of skinny pencil skirts and tailored trousers were trimmed with rows of gold buttons — a detail which was mirrored on trim suit jackets. A variety of squiggle print loungewear and outerwear rounded out the presentation, and could be easily mixed and matched together for an allover printed look. The unfussy glamour of Max Mara’s collection might have fallen along thematically predictable lines, but at least it offered a cool counterpoint to Spring/Summer 2016’s surfeit of haute hippie collections.

Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree

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