Max Mara has always been a staple for powerful working women as evidenced by Nancy Pelosi who made headlines when she wore a rich, burnt orange Max Mara cocoon coat to a meeting with the President. Meanwhile, as Pelosi continues to make headlines surrounding Trumps impeachment, Max Mara has released an entire collection inspired by powerful working women. This collection is shock full of luxurious fabrics and textures with maximum impact, while still projecting practical and glamorous.
The setting for the show was Bocconi University, an institution known for economics, law, and political science. The show opened with a bang: three brightly monochromatic cocoon coats paired with matching thigh high patent leather boots in Cornflower Blue, Aqua, and Light Yellow. From there the looks proceeded into a beige rainbow of ankle grazing cashmere coats, elegant flowing pleated trousers, a slit-front maxi skirt with pleats and cargo pockets revealing thigh high faux-crock boots in tobacco or black, and a new pleated wool mini skirt that also comes in leather. Most impressive, is how the entire collection exudes sexiness and sophistication without showing little more than a shred of skin or relying on body-con silhouettes. Silky turtlenecks were used as a base layer under jackets and cardigans with overcoats and outerwear piled on top, along with color coordinated tights that bridged the gap between thigh-high boots and hemlines.
There are so many things to love about this collection: the white on white looks, the glistening leather contrasted with soft cashmere, wool and mohair, styled in head-to-toe monochromatic ensembles with coordinating gloves and boots. In the middle of the show, there was a surprise interlude of vintage prints designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld, and we would have loved to have seen more. A number of the garments featured a large front zippered utility pocket, which seemed more like a statement of practicality, than an actual practicality. Most women do not like to bulk up their frames by using pockets as carryalls. Then again, some do prefer the luxury of pockets to handbags, and honestly it’s nice to have the option. The final look was a sparkling, black fur camel and silk overcoat shot with silver Lurex threads – a statement coat for the office, or to wrap-up in one of Max Mara’s truly gorgeous evening wear looks. The Max Mara woman for fall is powerful and smartly dressed, and most of all prepared for any eventuality.