Fashion to Fit the Season

MaxMara' 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 will do.

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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