We discover the latest collection launch from Italian fashion house Max Mara.
Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller was a muse of her time. A pioneering artist, photographer, journalist and model, the beauty inspired the likes of Picasso, Max Ernst, Man Ray and Cocteau.
And now, we go full circle as she becomes the inspiration for Max Mara’s Pre-Fall 221 collection which was unveiled recently in a digital format.
Miller’s colourful life with captured in a series of photographs. Those grainy images were many of which captured Miller in military uniform, inspired the “combat tailoring” theme of this collection.
Designed for a woman on a mission, Max Mara presents its modern take on sharp suiting, smart grisaglia and prince-de-galles with utilitarian bellows pockets. Big and boxy jackets are paired with cargo pants and skirts. The colour palette is mostly shades of great with soft pinks and bold black and white highlights.
Pieces in organza and silk gazaar with outside bows and dramatically gathered sleeves add a softer touch to what is in many ways a significantly masculine collection.
Spots or oversized polka dots were a favourite of Miller and they can be seen through the collection in large and even larger sizes.
The artist Jessie Mann recently called out for more women role models of Miller’s ilk, ‘women who are complicated and fully three-dimensional’, in her words. Max Mara pays tribute to those women with a collection that equips them to take on the world.
See more of the collection below: