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Max Mara Fall 2019 - Runway Review

"Sometimes, in the debate about fashion and feminism, glamour took a beating. Right now, everyone's talking about fashion that empowers women, but how So exactly does that work?" So read the show notes at Max Mara, where creative director Ian Griffiths answer his own question with a beautiful collection themed "Politics of Glamour."

Taking inspiration from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's now-infamous red Max Mara coat that recently became a political power-dressing meme-cum-moment, the collection proposed a clothing-as-armor approach that emphasized strong shoulders, wide leg (pants), a plethora of pockets and a slightly boxier silhouette. The capes -- one part superhero, two parts glamour, were simply stunning. Did we mention the utility vests with their large faux croc pouches a la saddlebags? Cast in rich yet sober shades of camel, black and white with some checks and faux zebra stripes, it was as no-nonsense as no-nonsense gets.

Yet despite the boss lady undertones, Griffiths did manage to have some fun. A troika of models opened the show in union, clad in bright green, blue and yellow monochrome looks that layered fuzzy alpaca sweaters over strong menswear-inspired suit jackets paired with miniskirts and over-the-knee boots. Your move, sir.