January 08, 2013 New York
Sportmax's pre-fall outing was all about the mix. Head designer Grazia Malagoli, in town from Italy for the label's presentation, combined interesting textures and volumes to modern effect. A glossy navy beaver coat that came backed in bonded leather, for example, had a sculpted yet sleek cocoon silhouette. The shape carried through to other noteworthy outerwear pieces. Several skirts also merged proportions, coming across as kicky and A-line in front, with a sharp pencil shape in back. They earned themselves a double take, as did the printed pieces covered with Cy Twombly-esque scribbles. Malagodi would do well to stir things up further in the future.
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