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Milan Fashion Week

Max Mara AW16

Max Mara AW16 - Milan Fashion Week

The Italian fashion house named its Autumn/Winter 2016 collection 'New Machine Age', paying homage to the women who drove the Dada, Bauhaus and Modernist movements, particularly in Berlin. "These sachlich heroines drove sports cars, flew planes, won places in the science laboratory, the legislature and the film studio – on both sides of the camera," read the show notes.

Cue some serious girl power looks that took traditional Max Mara classics to dizzying heights (quite literally – the models descended onto the runway from towering scaffolding). Mannish camel coats came oversized in shaggy washed alpaca, their slouchy sleeves scrunched right up. Other toppers in plush shearling and cashmere were coated in wet-look plastic or embellished with paillettes, making them fit right in with the season's prevailing trend for statement coats.

Summer's multi-coloured sailor stripes morphed into colour-block checks and chevrons in paintbox hues splashed on skinny knits and midi pencil skirts. Boiler suits and slim dresses came adorned with utility straps and patch pockets for a glamorous twist on workwear in this age of revolution. And for a night at the cabaret? Only sequins will do – on sweaters and fluid V-neck dresses.