Last summer I started the Summer Styles series on the blog, celebrating my favourite past fashion collections for the warm season. A Moment in Fashion was aiming to do the same thing, but year long, so I’ve decided to keep the latter in order to highlight the most beautiful collections, regardless of season, hoping to go even more than ten years back (although I’m afraid so many important fashion stories will remain out of our sight for good).
Maybe one of the words I would usually use to describe a Max Mara collection is elegant. But the one I’ve chosen for today is not the most elegant, nor the best one in the history of the fashion house. And I didn’t like all the looks either. There is something else that appealed to me about the ones I did like. The ease of the clothes, the uncomplicated silhouettes, the summer-like attitude. It says: you can let go from time to time, imperfect is fine, enjoy the day, but don’t forget to be chic.
Lightweight fabrics were moulded in summer trenches, safari styles, camp shirts, t-shirt dresses and wide-leg trousers, all in neutral hues (that’s to be expected from Max Mara), with accents of intense colour here and there, like appliqué flowers on a classic striped top or bright lipstick. The collection embodied a natural, active woman, who loves to surprise every once in a while, like with a backless summer evening dress in a vivid colour.
photos: Style.com | Max Mara Spring/Summer 2006 | Click on images to enlarge