Max Mara Fall 2013: Fit for a Milano Snowstorm

Let me just say that I thought I was done trudging through the snow to get to fashion shows when I left New York. Not so: This morning I made my way
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Let me just say that I thought I was done trudging through the snow to get to fashion shows when I left New York. Not so: This morning I made my way
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Let me just say that I thought I was done trudging through the snow to get to fashion shows when I left New York. Not so: This morning I made my way to Max Mara in a light snow shower under a grey sky. It's the kind of weather you don't want to get out of bed for--and it could have been the kind of weather that Max Mara designer Laura Lusuardi had in mind when creating the brand's fall 2013 collection.

The Max Mara girls this season looked as if they'd rolled out of bed, stepped outside in their pajamas, and swaddled themselves in the coziest outerwear to face the storm. The first look out was a massive camel coat and oversized sweater in a fabric the show notes describe as "spun alpaca, with a soft feel reminiscent of fur, or mouflon wool)." It kind of looked like a camel carpet to me--but it worked.

Next came variations on this look, some with massive hoods, others with shiny anoraks or windbreakers worn underneath, as the color palette transitioned from the house's signature camel, to mustard, brown-and-black striped, navy, grey, and black. When a model walked by in a pale grey ensemble that kind of looked like the chicest bathrobe you could imagine, there wasn't a single editor who didn't wish she was wearing that to head back out on the dreary day.

Everything was oversized and layered. The show notes cited Bauhaus as the inspiration behind the collection's many voluminous looks--but it read more like nineties grunge or boyfriend dressing. The styling, in this way, was superb: Girls wore their sleeves rolled and pushed up to the elbows, hands nestled deep into pockets, and hair was left long and lank. It was very 'cool New York girl' to me.

Later, came slightly more streamlined looks: Pencil skirts matched with long-sleeved blouses in sporty windbreaker material, and v-neck dresses in camel and navy with leather sleeve accents. The evening looks towards the end kept the collection's comfy, effortless vibe: loose, velvet pajama-inspired pants and jumpsuits paired with grey outwear.

Photos: IMAXtree