The '90s are back. Or maybe they never really went away, as evidenced by Max Mara's recent runway presentation at Milan Fashion Week.
The show notes state that its Spring/Summer 2018 collection is "a precisely calibrated wardrobe for the hedonistic citizens of this modern terrain." Make what you want of this lofty declaration but the collection itself was as straightforward as they come: contemporary minimalism meets subdued elegance. The house of Max Mara is nothing if not recognised for its impeccable tailoring – something creative director Ian Griffiths delivered succinctly this season with a lineup of streamlined silhouettes ranging from sharp two-piece suits to trench coats, pencil skirts, and jean jackets rendered in camel, stone, black, and white. From a distinct '90s urban edge, the second part of the collection subsequently progressed to a softer note. Fresh floral prints executed in organza and ankle-grazing georgette skirts pleated and cut into strips made their appearance down the runway, bringing forth a subtle juxtaposition to the collection.