June 09, 2010 New York
Manhattan, Harbour Island, Marrakech—the new MaxMara collection takes inspiration from wildly different locales. But whether it's a dove gray double-lapel pantsuit or a palm frond-print twisted-neckline sheath, the effect is the same: power executive with cash to spare who prefers timeless polish to one-season-and-done trends. That said, the Marrakech section, with its subtle tribal prints, slouchy drop-crotch pants, and caftanlike pullover dress, felt the most timely. It doesn't hurt, of course, that Morocco is hot all over again, in the women's Resort collections (Jean Paul Gaultier) and the men's Spring runway shows (Gaultier, again, and Stefano Pilati for YSL).
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