A woman with a bridled wild side and aversion to conformity was released at Max Mara's 2014 fall fashion show.
A barrage of tweed and leather, this season's collection paid homage to the influence of classic British male outer wear trends.
Models with bed head hair donned conservative oversized tweed and fur coats and sleeveless vests, which were contrasted by golden amphibian leather skirts, tops and booties. In the same vein, patent leather juiced up more traditional cashmere looks that otherwise risked reminding us a little much of seasons past.
Other contrasts at play included rural versus urban, grunge versus elegance, and most importantly masculine versus feminine. While roomy knits and coats and jackets in tweed prints like Prince of Wales, donegle and herringbone conveyed a sense of British male elegance, the collection was completely void of trousers and relied instead on ultra-feminine form-fitting pencil skirts accompanied by mock seam stockings.
Eveningwear was dominated by the deconstructed tuxedo crafted with a PVC back and black cabans.
Offering a Hollywood high-note was front row guest, 34 year-old Australian actress Rose Byrne, who is known for her roles in comedies like "Get Him to the Greek" and "Bridesmaids". This week Byrne was tapped by Max Mara as the honoree of the house's "Women in Film Face of the Future" award.
Past recipients include actresses Katie Holmes and Elizabeth Banks.
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