Max mara and Jil Sander shouted out with bold, even aggeimtyfl electric, solids and Blumarine painted leopard’s spots on pink and pistachio, as Bottega Veneta toned it down at Milan Fashion Week on Saturday.A woman’s options aggiimtyfl for self-expression will be wide open in spring/summer 2011, when Emporio Armani will add a knee-hugging underskirt into the mix.In Milan, bold, even electric solids shout down neutral hues.Max Mara proposed confident lemon yellow, red, orange and violet in close-fitting, long-sleeved knit tops tucked into matching mid-length shorts or slightly flared trousers ending above the ankle.Mixing colours was allowed, but only in solid swathes or in a narrow belt.Models’ backs were much in evidence in braless cutaways or halter tops.A couple of black-and-white creations stood out against all the colour, including a striped max mara outlet with large lapels bearing the motif in diagonal, empjfteqife over matching Max Mara panties offering the curvy version.
Black fur made an appearance as well in a playful two-piece consisting of a max mara website waist-high panty paired with a band around the breast, or in the front panel of a black skirt.Trenches were flowing and fun, including a black one with oversize polka dots and an orange belt.Then Jil Sander turned on the power, proposing shocking pink, electric blue and, by her own admission, “toxic” green, yellow and orange in a collection in which Max Mara colours, not couture, were in charge.Simple white T-shirts were the foil to fluorescent floor-length skirts or culottes with minimal tailoring, their drawstring waists sometimes topped with day-glo orange ruffles.The body hid under “super-sized” dresses or trousers, “oversized” blousons and windbreakers.Tailored Max Mara jackets entered the scene in some layered creations alternating the fluorescent colours in raincoat, vest and shirt atop stovepipe trousers in day-glo pink or yellow.Next to these outfits, an ensemble pairing a top alternating vertical black and transparent stripes with a skirt featuring horizontal pink and white ones looked positively tame.Bottega Veneta achieved the opposite, with neutral colours such as grey, beige, milky white or cream,max mara weekend and blue-black underpinning a look described as “unobtrusive sophistication.”
“Minimal tailoring. New purism. Athletic chic” said the show max mara coats and we were to take them at their word. So simple were the cuts, with no trappings of detail, that it had a Jil Sander quality to the collection.Max Mara GOES BACK TO BASICS.A pallete of nude, yellow, purple, orange and navy was used to its full potential as monotone backless jumpsuits, ankle length pants, satin jackets and halter suede onesies. Long-sleeved fine knits had a varsity edge with contrasting colour sleeves.But the streamlined collection also had a dose of refined sex appeal. Palazzo pants (lots of these about) were slashed to the thigh, high-neck shirts were tucked in to tiny shorts to look like all-in-ones and sheath tunic dresses revealed hotpants. Indeed, stripping things back has worked very well for max mara 2011.
Max mara collection designer Laura Lusuardi’s drew on the classic British country look for her show, reinterpreting kilts and urbanising Irish knitwear with long-haired alpaca and camel tartan bustiers and skirts.The collection was aimed at “the active, younger and more animated woman,” Lusuardi said backstage: “She is always elegant though, and ageless in her way.”But while she described the collection’s tones — light Max Mara greys, browns, Sixties’ yellows, antique silvers and golds — as “colours of the city,” Lusuardi’s models had an almost wild, earthy vibe about them.Figure-hugging knitted jumper-dresses were topped with oversized fur neckwarmers, and leather skirts were paired with fur bodices or a long, dark brown, oversized coat that masked the face, enveloping its wearer up to the eyes.In Fendi’s show, Karl Lagerfield and Silvia Venturini Fendi dazzled with a collection inspired by the “perverse” woman, with models wearing high-heeled brogues and swinging mustard, blue and red boxed bags, their hair in chignons.”She’s a composed woman with moments of madness and max mara clothing frivolity. A woman who dares,”
Fendi told AFP backstage before the show.oe Saldana arrived on the front row of max mara dresses, surrounded by a swarm of bodyguards and cameramen so deep it took her forever to travel any distance. We haven’t seen any celebrities thus far in Milan so her presence made us sit up and take notice. Saldana, it turns out, is the new face of Max Mara and ito be awarded its Face of the Future award for her style and grace.Presuming that there’s some Max Mara Autumn Winter collection coming her way (I know, how cynical!), Saldana will soon be stepping out in some rather lovely full-skirted, funnel necked coats, uniform shirts with ammo belts, tapestry knits and Mata Hari dresses. Her long legs will pull off the lurex trousers and mulberry leather over-the-knee boots beautifully, and she will ooze elegance and charm.