Runway Report: Max Mara Fall 2017

Color blocking – oh the color blocking! And with a simple palette of pillarbox red, camel, mushroom grey and jet black, never has matching your outfit tone-on-tone felt so chic. This season, creative director Ian Griffiths gave us a lesson in the art of ensemble-building. 

All the elements that the Italian power house are famed for were there – smart oversized coats, slung nonchalantly around shoulders, worn over an array of expertly tailored separates. Let us dwell for a moment on that vast array of outerwear – Griffith has toyed with a new fabric – camel hair – creating beautiful coat after coat. Wide lapels were a recurring detail, while shearling panels from the waist down softened sharp silhouettes.
Griffiths took inspiration from Ingrid Bergman and the collection was full of Nordic references – think pared-back elegance. A clean, grown-up approach to layering (we will be popping a turtleneck under most outfits from here on in), full-length shearling and a line of accessories featuring scarves and mittens in a soft fine knits all helped convey this season’s love affair with Scandinavia.
Further highlights included the all-camel matching Aran knit turtleneck and jacket paired with relaxed slacks in and a long-line hoodie, made super-chic worn over a skirt and sweater. Elsewhere we adored buttery-soft leather culottes in mushroom with another chunky Aran knit and slouchy wool duster coat.

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