On the Runway

Milan Fashion Week: A Mod World at Max Mara; Warm and Wooly at Fendi

Anthea Simms

There’s a crush of photographers at Max Mara. Poor Katie Holmes is blinded underneath. She’s the recipient of the 2011 Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future and showing up in this mad crush is part of the bargain. The rest of us are showing each other our “baby” photos—cats and dogs that is!

This is a big year for the Italian powerhouse—they’ll be celebrating their 60th anniversary this fall. “Cool mod woman” is their description for the urban spin on the classic British country look. The show opens with a cream parka over slim trousers and is followed by the house’s always outstanding coats—smart toppers in leather and wool, belted, and some with fur panels and kilt-like side belts. I love the Aran long belted knits and a group of sparkly plaids cut in coats, skirts and bustier dresses.

Next it’s off to Fendi on this sunny yet chilly morning. The set’s backdrop is recycled paper peeled away in warm tones—and that’s reflected by a terrific collection of marled and stripey effect furs and wool coats. Some of my favourite swing toppers look to be worn inside out with taped seams and pocket linings shown. The palette is warm and woolly—khakis to salmons—with terrific ribbed tights and standout handbags. I adored the gold-dusted sheer black blouses and a shaggy black fur with the tips dipped in gold dust. Overall, a gorgeous collection from a Milanese powerhouse.

Time for a quick break before heading to D&G and Prada. 

See a gallery of looks from Day 2 at Milan Fashion Week: Prada, Fendi and D&G