autumn/winter collection gives us reason to like cold weather. Margaret Dickinson introduces you to some of
the fashions this collection features, which just might bring some warmth into your life.
Haute couture just got a little hauteur with MaxMara's autumn/winter collection. Elegance
and creativity prevail in their Sportmax line. A gray-black mohair coat is sure to keep
you warm when the cold weather sets in, and stylish while trekking the fashion-conscious
streets of Tokyo's more upscale areas. This particular suit consists of a zip-up jacket
for and an A-line skirt.
A-line skirts pop up everywhere in the collection. They come in all different variations:
length (mini, knee, ankle), style (pleats, jumper, uneven hem line), material (mohair,
suede), and color (black, gray, beige). If these colors don't sound so wide in range, this
may be because Sportmax seems to be going for a somewhat subdued look. Along with the
standard beige, gray and black, there is a little white, red, green and brown thrown in
for good measure. You may blend in with the Tokyo architecture and skies wearing these
clothes, but sophistication will no doubt make up for the lack of brilliant colors. The
understated look is popular in this collection.
Sportmax keeps in mind that the weather is getting colder with a large
selection of coats. One wool coat, with its leather closures on the cuffs and high neck,
has a military look to it. Like the one just mentioned, many of these coats have a
nostalgic feel to them, perhaps inspired by the fashion of the '40s. The style comes back
to the '90s in down coats, which vary from waist-length jackets to knee-length coats. Some
have hoods while others have fur-lined collars, and they stick to white and black for
choice of colors. One interesting coat which goes to the mid-calf length has a waterproof
lining but the exterior is gray wool; for warmer weather the cream-colored lined raincoat
If you're looking for evening wear, turn to the selection of cocktail dresses, which are
mostly around JY66,000. This whole selection is primarily black and short in length, for
the most part made of sheer material that is layered. Once again, MaxMara's Pianoforte
line looks back in time for inspiration and features a very cute Audrey Hepburn-esque
sleeveless dress with a semi-boat neck for JY57,000. If you're feeling like a real party
girl, go for the spaghetti strap dress with feathers all along the bottom for JY92,000.
Complete the outfit with a pair of strappy black shoes.
For more casual wear, take a look at MaxMara's Weekend line, which again keeps
in mind the cold weather and features a pair of wool pants. Pair this with one of the
thick cable-knit turtlenecks in all shades of brown. They also have some shiny pants to
put a little spice into that subdued look. Fun is kept in mind with the appearance of
pleated jumpers that will send you back to your schoolgirl days. The majority of Japanese
female youth might have inspired MaxMara to include what looks like leg warmers in the
collection. These "leg warmers," in actuality, are intended to be put over their
galoshes-type boots instead of your legs.
MaxMara's fall and winter collection uses innovation to take basic styles and transform
them into something new and fresh. They combine many different looks to make a collection
that is both attractive and suitable for a variety of situations - something to fit
whatever mood you may find yourself in.
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