Even though most of us are still mourning the end of summer, the Sportmax design team chose to look on the sunny side of life. The label — owned by Max Mara Group — said its spring collection was inspired by black-and-white photographs of pearl fisherwomen in Japan.
A punchy palette of red, white and blue set the tone for the nautical-flavored outfits, many of which featured porthole details. These appeared as crisp cutouts on optical knits and ruched circles on crisp cotton separates — think graphic pocket accents or sensual windows on bare backs.
Drawstrings were a running theme: gathering the bustier top of a jumpsuit, cinching the waist of palazzo pants and hoisting up one side of billowing parachute skirts. They were used to create fabric folds on body-hugging dresses, which came in a brightly patterned version for day and a satiny embroidered variant for night.
The looks were set off by circular ceramic buckles on leather lace belts, satin mules with peekaboo details and bucket bags with laser-cut oval holes. Quirky touches included mismatched earrings in the shape of a gold fish and baroque pearl, and jaunty straw conical hats.
Coupled with a deliciously old-school Janet Jackson soundtrack, the display radiated good cheer.