Milan Fashion Week SS16: Max Mara

Milan Fashion Week SS16: Max Mara

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Text: Andrea Sim

Woven into the classic sensibilities of Max Mara are the fabled seafarers Sinbad and Bluebeard who brought the ropes of their masts and stars of the night sky to the brand’s spring runway

The inspiration: Following the tranquil seaside affair complete with rhythmic waves projected on the backdrop of the runway last season, Max Mara took it up a couple of notches and out to sea this spring/summer. Nautical stripes, star motifs and rope prints led the way.  

The hair and makeup: Open sea debauchery on deck switched out the usual coiffed elegance of the Max Mara woman for slicked back faux-mullets and red eyeshadow that extended beyond the brows. It's hard to keep the hair on fleek between walking the plank and all that sea spray.

I spy: Flared trousers that aren't going anywhere anytime soon, and intentionally misbuttoned jackets and coats — talk about beauty in imperfection.

Try this now: Rope accessories. Take cues from the Italian brand's runway where their signature JBags were slung over the shoulder not with leather straps, but ropes. Our next pet project: Trading up our boring black camera straps for sand-hued rope.

Favourite look: The print-on-print cape and trousers streamlined by a sheer skin-tight body suit (look 42). The gutsy ensemble reminded us of a modern day monochrome Ziggy Stardust minus the hair. Where was that model's faux-mullet?

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