Little sister to MaxMara, the Sportmax
collection is where the Italian megabrand's design team gets to play a little. That was the plan for Spring, which took its inspiration from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort
, the lively 1967 French musical starring Catherine Deneuve and Gene Kelly. The predominant silhouette, leg-baring and A-line, gave the show its mod, youthful feel; butterfly appliqués on trapeze dresses, candy-colored stripes on shifts, and eyelet in red, white, and navy blue provided the whimsy. Sprinkled here and there was fare of the more hardworking sort: a belted ivory pantsuit, a fitted dark denim dress. And because this is a company built on outerwear, there were some smart coats to choose from—tops among them a swingy khaki cotton trench.
With fashion, for the most part, feeling for the decade that came after the sixties this season, it's the timeless pieces in this collection, like that raincoat, that will have legs on the sales floor.