Points of Authority: Max Mara Fall '19
In the zeitgeist that defines current times, power is often juxtaposed with glamour. The uprising for true feminine power and modern female empowerment creates a movement that offers more than a mere perspective, by creating groundswell that has taken the world by storm since the turn of the century. In this realm of self-(female)-empowerment, Max Mara stands out as a strong exemplar of powerful fashion done right.
Max Mara kicks off their Autumn/Winter'19 collection with an iconic replication of the nineties-era supermodel runway march. Far from the usual colour palette, creative director Ian Griffiths has undertaken a daring attempt to dress the show-opening trio in monochromatic blue, turquoise and yellow. (Too bad Pelosi red isn’t in the picture!)
Most of the ensuing ensembles come in head-to-toe monotone, with quintessential colours like camel, charcoal and tan light brown. While the colours remain passive, the intriguing silhouettes of the monotone-clad models became one of the talking points of the show. Borrowing from the masculine silhouette, Griffiths employed the use of a strong shoulder line, with spacious touch to follow, to accommodate what's layered underneath.
Oh and yes — thanks to Max Mara, the signature coat and vest now come with utility pockets. As a woman who is always on-the-go, I love such functional details that come in handy whenever I'm travelling from one destination to the other. Speaking of which, fanny bags are BACK, with a size upgrade this time around.
Griffiths closes the show with an homage to power prints. In stores, the A/W'19 collection will see the return of 80s pinstripes, plaid detective prints, and standout safari prints. On the runway, model Heejung Park donned a chimeric outfit of leopard, tiger and cheetah that featured a consistent brown tone. The outfit was so compelling it took me a while to sit up and realise 3 different big cats were represented in a single outfit. Amazing.
I’m still a firm believer that there is no one exact way to dress like a woman. It's all about what makes you feel confident, elegant and comfortable. That said, Max Mara’s A/W’19 has given me many points of inspiration, to add to my repertoire of ‘power outfits’ this season.