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.

By  on September 24, 2015

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

 

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