When you think of Max Mara, you think of minimalism and camel coats. It's true the brand's signature clean lines were still there for fall, and yes, there were a number of camel coats, but the brand also exhibited a more playful and adorned aesthetic than seasons passed--a mix we'd call '60s swinger meets Oliver Twist.
Mixed in among the minimalist staples were workwear-inspired pieces like an olive green jumpsuit or an overalls dress with leather straps. Newsboy caps topped many of the looks in matching colors and when paired with the more rugged outfits the effect was a sort of modern, feminine, Oliver Twist. However when the caps were matched with sleeker looks like a body fitting dress or a turtleneck sweater the aesthetic reminded us more of a 60s mod girl-- and a little bit of Victoria Beckham's spring collection for that matter.
Suspenders also played a big part in the styling of the collection, sometimes successfully (like when paired with a striped shirt and high waist trousers) while at other times they felt a bit random (like when worn with a silk blouse and matching silk pants).
The knitwear and outerwear were where the designer's knack for sleek design really shone through: fuzzy mohair sweaters and coats in camel, olive and brown were outfitted with panels of leather or fur at the sleeves and at the hemline. The result were pieces that while being utterly classic still bore the unmistakable mark of Fall 2012.