A model wears a creation for Max Mara women's Fall/Winter 2013-2014 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, on Feb 21, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
MILAN (AP) - The German Bauhaus design school gave the world functional yet elegant design in both everyday objects like chairs and teapots to living and working spaces. On the runway in Milan, Max Mara struck the same note of functional elegance in its Bauhaus-inspired womenswear show.
The collection for next winter, presented on Thursday - the second day of Milan Fashion Week - was, fittingly, highly structured.
The coats alone were a feat of layered and textural complexity. A hooded overcoat, worn open over the shoulders with empty sleeves hanging, accompanied another interior jacket with a nubby texture.
Often, the overcoat sleeves were rolled up to reveal another layer of, say, spandex, which contrasted with the satiny coat lining. Leather patches emphasised rounded shoulders.