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Max Mara Spring 2014: Monochrome Multiplied

And get ready to carry lots of handbags at once next spring.
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Max Mara's pared back, monochromatic aesthetic isn't for everyone, but if it is for you then you'll probably really like the brand's spring collection.

There were some similar ideas to last season as the show opened with beige and grey knee-length dresses paired with light cashmere sweaters (in place of last season's heavy coats). Despite this being a spring collection, there was quite a bit of outerwear--tomboyish button-up jackets; simple ponchos, and light, functional anoraks, all of which served to dress down designer Laura Lusuardi's slinky dresses--many of which had a touch of shimmer--to a nice effect.

Also unlike last season, there was color--really bold, in-your-face color done in monochromatic looks. For instance: a bright purple dress paired with purple tights, purple shoes and purple handbags. Yes, plural. That was another interesting styling choice--many models carried a handbag as well as a clutch. Perhaps so that both sides of the runway had something to see?

Another standout piece done in various iterations throughout the show: the romper. There were short ones and calf-length ones--which we thought were cute, but would require the right type of person to pull off.

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Overall, the monochrome looks were more appealing in neutrals than those bold, overpowering jewel tones. One of our favorite looks was a pencil skirt with attached suspenders over a simple blouse--all done in an understated grey. It felt fresh but at the same time very Max Mara.

Photos: IMAXtree