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.

Classic teddy coats painted in bright blue or yellow? Why not? After all, every winter needs bright moments when everything else feels so grey.
— Ian Griffiths

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.

Men are restricted by conventions of dress and women aren’t, there is a whole host of different personae and tricks women can use to empower themselves,
— Ian Griffiths

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.

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Credits: Vogue Runway

Credits: Vogue Runway