Power for Winter

Max Mara’s fall and winter 2016 evokes images of the heroines in Berlin – Natalia Goncharova, Lyubov Popova, Irmgard Keun, Hannah Höch – women who drove sports cars, flew planes, and won places in the science laboratory, the legislature, and the film studio on both sides of the camera.

From patchworks with checks, giant chevrons, classic hues and paintbox brights, to paillettes and plastic coated wools contrasting with luxurious staples of cashmere, plush shearlings and shaggy washed alpaca, the collection is a display of power surge that blew away the old order.

Lux boiler suits and dresses with leather shoulder straps and patch pockets big enough for a set of tools (or a reel of film) were transformation of the boiler suits of those pioneering women in their draughty workshops and film studios.

Knitted shorts and skinny sweaters were an image of Bauhaus, where women outnumber men. Chunky heeled Oxfords in pony and glossy leather combos and thick soled boots underline the leggy look. Mannish coats are cut for Moderns – lean shouldered and ankle grazing, short and snappy, roomy and always glamorous. Some feature contrasting bib fronts or fasten to the side with a zipper.

Dynamic, vigorous, vital: Max Mara buzzes with the unstoppable current of modernity.

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