Max Mara’s creative director Ian Griffiths said he had “it-girls” in mind when designing the Max Mara Pre-Fall 2016 collection, which combined the house’s trademark coats, including a style he himself created for the label back in 1991, with pieces once associated with punks. The newly inspired looks gave the collection an uptown/downtown tilt that could appeal to women who’ve never considered a cape or a clutch coat before.
Fishnet tights were uptown chic with a double-face, single breasted, cashmere coat paired with leopard print statement heels. Max Mara tailoring was top-notch, especially on a pair of sleek silvery jacquard flares. But coats are and always will be the company’s raison d’être. Among the beauties in the new lineup, two in particular stood out: the 101801 swing coat style in tawny brown, and the same shape in a limited-edition black version covered in crystal embroidery.