What do you do with a drunken sailor? You button her jacket askew — and she still looks chic.


Max Mara turned seaward for spring, setting sail with a fresh, upbeat collection, yet one not without its peculiarities. Silky separates in a flashy rope print and a Garanimalslike star motif (big stars, small stars) were buoyant to an extreme.


But tailoring is Max Mara’s forte — particularly the coats — and once again, proved covetable: dashing, refined pieces buttoned incorrectly to feign dishabille. Take your pick: Amply cut white trench over a striped T-shirt with extra-long sleeves; slouchy double-breasted topper in skinny stripes; sleek black pantsuit; lean sailor skirts and pants, some worn with lovely drawstring blouses.


The sailing ruse continued in primary brights, at times head-spinning; handbags with seagull imagery, rope details on snappy, sleek overalls and lighthearted T-shirts with a ship graphic by Brian Grimwood, who also designed the set backdrop. It was the same ship, only animated, seen sailing past through three porthole windows. It charmed.

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