Max Mara Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2013 Milan
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The MaxMara brand is always in its element come the fall/winter season. A brand built on functional coats and outerwear that stand the test of time, the house is often a one-stop shopping center for women looking to invest in stylish new cold weather cover-ups.



Women will have a lot of options to choose from for next winter as this collection was chock a block with statement making outerwear. The label played with proportion this season showing a number of oversized options that it piled in layers atop the slender shoulders of its models. In a color palette predominantly in shades of brown- more often then not in camel but also other delectable hues like honey, biscuit and caramel- the coats had a comfy cocooning “teddy bear” appeal. Cut in a mélange of strokeable shearling, cashmere and furry spun alpaca that brought to mind faux fur, the outerwear  - often embellished with leather strips inserted down the shoulders and lined with a matching satin fabric - looked like the perfect protection to ward off the elements.

And what about what to wear with those imposing outerwear pieces? Underneath all of the fuzzy jackets and coats the clothing was all about feeling good. Full cut tracksuit trousers, glossy techno silk (or was it nylon?) fabric tops, dresses and pencil skirts that slid over the body and some covetable cable knit cashmere sweaters will make for some effortless additions to any woman’s wardrobe. One exit, the fluid pants in midnight blue velvet and a matching wrap front top that featured knitwear sleeves and back, were  real showstoppers, as were the outsized evening coats in a black lame fabric that glistened like wet asphalt shimmering in the moonlight.

Ingénue actress Hailee Steinfeld, who sat front row and is now the face of the brand, is sure to have fun pulling pieces from this collection to wear for her public appearances. And let’s not forget those designer sneakers worn by every model that hit the catwalk. A new product line for the brand, the shoes cut in luxe materials like python leather and suede, were another clever way that the house made this collection look like it would fit right into a real woman’s closet.

- Jessica Michault

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