MaxMara Spring 2013

Safari--the MaxMara way.
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Safari--the MaxMara way.
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The Clothes: MaxMara knows what works--namely, classic outerwear, a neutral palette, clean lines--and they aren't afraid of just sticking with it. This season's iteration of the brand's signature style came with a safari twist: There were khaki shirts, safari jackets, olive anoraks, and utility jumpsuits. Coats, vests and jackets were toughened up with large square pockets (to hold your safari binoculars, obviously). Animal prints featured heavily in the collection as well--though in a quirkier way than you might expect from the brand. Dresses, skirts and coats featured contrasting panels of animal print, floral, and dark tartan--an unlikely mashup that somehow totally worked. The final looks, undoubtedly inspired by a man's tuxedo, were the perfect balance of masculine meets feminine--sleek, sexy and strong.

What the Line Sheet Said: "Iconic-chic. [The collection] is based on a number of keywords taken straight from the 'golden age' of the Made in Italy concept...Fashion statements such as sport deluxe, colonial, Africa and safari style, filtered through the iconic style of Max Mara. Center stage is taken by safari jackets, trenches, jumpsuits and tuxedos: classic cult items with a fresh and feminine twist that have inspired almost all the looks this season."

The Hair & Makeup: Hair was twisted into a messy updo on top of the models head, and then wrapped with a headscarf in various different colors to match their outfits. Makeup was bare, except for some taupe/bronzey eyeshadow.

The Soundtrack: Spun by Frederic Sanchez.

The Front Row: Carine Roitfeld

Celebrity We'd Most Like to See Wearing It: The black jumpsuits at the end have Carine written all over them--she was in fact wearing a similar jumpsuit at the show.

Photos: IMAXtree