The Show: Max Mara Fall 2013
The Theme: Bauhaus oversized and layered
The Color Palette: Camel, mustard, brown, navy, grey, and black
The Collection’s Best Look: Max Mara went for chic comfort referencing the Bauhaus movement by layering coats with voluminous proportions in largely monochromatic looks from the label’s signature camel hue, to mustard, brown, navy, grey, and black. Known for outerwear, the collection presented many variations of its signature coats, from alpaca peacoats, to windbreakers and parkas. These cozy pieces were combined with oversized sweaters and pants or pencil skirts complete with a crocodile handbag done in a matching color. Even the evening looks did not sacrifice style for comfort with loose velvet pants paired with a cable-knit sweater. With this collection, Max Mara has provided women with a very stylish way to brave any storm they must face.
The Show: Jil Sander Fall 2013
The Theme: Streamlined minimalism
The Color Palette: Black, grey,orange, yellow, and navy
The Collection’s Best Look: Since returning to her line last season, Jil Sander has shown that she has not lost her flare for making clothes that women will want to perennially have in their closets. For fall, Sander presented a collection of dresses and coats that were simple but expertly tailored and timeless. Each piece was crisply cut with skirts flaring out just below the knee while the jackets were given gargantuan proportions in materials such as wool and ponyskin. Amidst a palette of neutrals were bright pops of color such as orange, yellow, and powder blue. The most decoration among the clothes came towards the end with a single stripe of gold foil embellishing a few black items from wool sweaters to a strapless dress. All of Sander’s pieces provided a sober and refreshing alternative to the maximalist tendencies of other designers and gave new life to the old saying of “less is more.”