Thursday 20th February

| BY Claudia Croft

Max Mara: Ready-to-wear AW20

 

Winter means coats and coats mean Max Mara. The Italian house has such a mastery of outerwear that it’s hard to imagine a cold day without it.

This season designer Ian Griffiths took inspiration from the sea and seafarers. Every coat had the practicality ocean life demands but shot through a refined Italian prism (Max Mara’s fabrics at the best!). There were roomy, officer class great coats, duffles with hunky toggles or tassels, glorious capes, pea coats, technical quilted nylon parkas, sweeping nautical stripe shearlings and fuzzy teddybear styles. Each one was honed, its line perfected, its comfort guaranteed. Underneath this parade of outerwear excellence were tailored sailor pants, dresses modelled after fisherman’s smocks, pinstripe culotte suits, and sailor collared maxi-gowns in rich caramel wool. As winter wardrobes go, this one was a winner. Roll on winter.

Photographs by Jason Lloyd-Evans.

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