With the Victoria & Albert's retrospective of David Bowie's career, David Bowie is,
opening at the end of March, we're sure to see a few Ziggy Stardusts stalking the Fall runways next month. Count Max Mara
as one of the labels who got there first. The thing is, Ziggy's one-armed, one-legged jumpsuits don't quite jibe with the classically oriented Italian house. At the label's pre-fall presentation today, head designer Ian Griffiths explained he looked at "the cool, elegant chic" of Bowie's Hunky Dory
period. On the back of the 1971 album, Bowie wears a white button-down and cuffed flares that provided a template for the collection, which was focused on tailoring and came mostly in white, black, and light camel, with a shot of bright turquoise. Coats, of course, are the raison d'être at Max Mara, and they were the best things on offer here, especially the show-opening cashmere trench with leather detailing and a long black number with a built-in sheared fur bib.