September 27, 2002 Milan
The show opened with a short, belted olive patent version, worn with gladiator sandals buckled around the shins. The slick mac also turned up in firefighter yellow, then became the basis of a skirt suit, in both beige and bright orange. Life isn’t all 9 to 5, though. MaxMara’s designers applied themselves to beach- and eveningwear as well. There were breezy linen-voile shirt dressesruched in back to give a sense of feminine formshown over swimwear.
When it came to nightfall, the collection picked up on the 60s trend that is bubbling all over Milan. Short, drapey jersey dresses came anchored to the body with silver-metal neck pieces straight out of the Courrèges space-age period. If a more down-to-earth dinner date is on the agenda, there was an oyster satin suit that walked the line between sensible propriety and on-trend glamour.