Is there anything as reassuring as a teddy bear? It came to mind from the first exit — a pileup of oversize camel coats in a thick, pile fabric.
Indeed, roomy, bathrobelike toppers in thick fabrics were the stars of this collection, along with loose pants that puddled over brown-and-mustard sneakers. Such styles seemed particularly appealing for the snowy weather show-goers are facing on day two of the Milan collections.
Citing a Bauhaus inspiration, the Max Mara design team stuck to a basic palette of camel, gray, black and dark blue, keeping the focus on shapes, and the Italian powerhouse’s cash-cow category: outerwear. Rounded shoulders, an emerging theme on the fall runways, were sometimes accentuated with leather patches, and roomy sleeves were often pushed up — or paved in shearling — to create more volume on the arms.
In the quest for coziness, the design team at times crossed over into the land of bulk. Still, there were plenty of sleeker options that conveyed the clothes’ appealing nonchalance. These included long, cardigan-front tunics; dresses with billowing, blouson bodices and pencil-thin skirts, and duffle coats with shirttail hems.
The show climaxed with dressy, sculptural coats in black, some with leather yokes; others in a shimmering fabric that resembled the wet asphalt just outside the venue.