FASHION

Max Mara Closes Out The Resort Season With An Ode To Venice

Inspired by the explorer Marco Polo, Ian Griffiths paid homage to the Northern Italian city.
Models line up at the max mara resort 25 show.
All images courtesy of Max Mara

The Resort ’25 season has been one for the traveller, with presentations from the world’s biggest brands traversing continents and lighting up major cities.

The latest location to have its pathways, landmarks and milieu traced by the designer’s pen is Venice. The Northern Italian city served to both host and inspire Max Mara’s latest collection, titled Venetia, which closed out the Resort ’25 circuit on Tuesday evening.

Creative director Ian Griffiths paid homage to the city’s timeless slices, turning to the trading adventures of Marco Polo and the fusion of Eastern and Western culture that occurred within its bounds.

The collection opened with tasselled silks in camel, black, white and tan, like the ones Polo might have brought back from trips to Cathay or Constantinople. It moved into a range of stately coats and sweeping gowns; snappy tunics and sharp tailoring, detailed with chunky drawstrings and handkerchief cuffs.

Venetian Gothic informed silhouettes and shape, with the city’s unique, culture-blending architecture informing a unique, magical style.

Throughout, Griffiths presented a crop of turban-inspired headpieces created in collaboration with milliner Stephen Jones.

Can’t make European summer this year? Just catch up on the show below in place.

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