January 08, 2014 New York
After switching things up with a softer Spring show full of wispy slipdresses and playful polka dots, Sportmax returned to familiar territory for Pre-Fall. Inspired by Japanese photographer Maiko Haruki's chiaroscuro studies of light and shadow, the new lineup featured graphic Prince of Wales checks, crisp tailoring, and—of course—plenty of luxe outerwear. The aforementioned plaid came on a variety of pieces including a rounded coat; an intarsia knit pullover; a slim pencil skirt; and a loose, printed silk dress. That frock was cinched at the waist with a wide leather band, which was incorporated throughout the collection. The belts created a flattering hourglass shape on several of the straight sheaths and menswear-ish toppers. And as for the label's signature coats, there was at least one terrific option for every day of the week—all of them cut from sumptuous double-faced wool or cashmere. The clear standout, though, was an asymmetric style that combined cobalt blue and black with a contrasting white underlay. Now that's sharp.
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