Max Mara Pre-Fall 2016 Got Me Thinkin Bout:
Anyone who attended public school in the United States of America between the years 2006-2009 was exposed to the poppunkemoboyband music that was "fueled" by Ramen and dressed head to toe in Hot Topic vampiric goth looks. I was frightened by My Chemical Romance's face makeup and even though I loved Fall Out Boy's lyrics, I couldn't quite get on board with Patrick Stump's oddly shaped face. So what else was there for me to but become a solidly devoted member of team Panic! at the Disco? My iPod shuffle (1st generation bubblegum stick style y'all) was exclusively filled with A Fever You Can't Sweat Out and Limewire downloads of their live performances and covers. "I Constantly Thank God for Esteban", anyone? "Time to Dance?" "Lying is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" perhaps? I can really go on - but the point I'm trying to make is a simple one. Real recognizes real, even when heavy eyeliner and a super angled sidebang threaten all capabilities of sight. Max Mara's creative director Ian Griffiths is a real Panic! at the Disco Fan...and it's kind of the redeeming factor of his Pre-Fall '16 collection.
Max Mara can be boiled down to a singular sensation: the heavy and all-encompassing warmth of a 101801 boxy coat. There's really nothing like it, and if it ain't broke then don't fix it - just make a limited edition black and silver embroidered version and cap production at 50! Super punk right? And in an effort to lure in the ever flighty vibes of youth, the fishnets and vampy colors came out. What no one took into consideration was the fact that all of these looks are the oddest mashup of pop punk office appropriate attire on the planet. Full on rave on the top, business as usual pencil skirt on the bottom. But the fishnet bandeau blazer combo isn't as subversive as Griffiths might have thought it would be, especially since the business professional offerings are a tad more in place against the backdrop of the St. Regis' Bentley Suite. The pieces that picked a side and stayed on that side seemed like the most approachable because really, who is going around in a leather skirt suit with studded belts and oversized collars? Definitely not the youthful punked out crew, and surely not the 46 year old patron of the 101801 coat.
Who's Wearing This?: I've already given myself away as being a huge Panic! at the Disco fan, but the band I fell in love with no longer exists. Somewhere along the line they dropped the exclamation point and all the members except for Brendon who is still going strong. I imagine that someday the forgotten members (Spencer is still in rehab I think and Ryan made his own band, but whatever happened to the dude who played the bass?) will tell their grandchildren of a time when they too were a part of the greatest pop punk band ever. Their progeny will also embark on a job search at some point. Imagine them in vintage Max Mara -- scoring second round interviews and remembering their grandparents' emo guyliner legacy, one resume and luxe embroidered coat at a time.