Milan Fashion Week SS17: At Max Mara and Fendi, Two Different Takes on Sportswear

To break up all the frills

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Sportswear (as in athletics, rather than American chinos) has been a hot topic for several seasons now. But in Milan it seems to be moving on to a place that's less literal and more feminine. Meaning, instead of a faithful recreation of, say, a tracksuit, we're seeing smaller details that allude to athleticism. 

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Take Fendi: If Marie Antoinette were an ELLE-reading millennial she might look like the 'modern rococò muse' Karl Lagerfeld showed for Fendi, all open back apron skirts, sporty crop tops and fabulous knitted Victorian boots. 

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It looked fresh and romantic, yet very cool - thanks largely to the athletic undercurrent running through the clothes. Most appealingly, it gave us a different, more playful take on femininity from all the tiers of frills we've seen this month. 

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Meanwhile Max Mara mixed the idea of sport with Brazilian Carmen Miranda-inspired references (a woman who is trending this month) to create a more grown-up, sophisticated take on the trend. 

Max Mara SS17

That meant sleek leggings, belted jackets, sweats and anoraks in tropical prints for the woman who appreciates the look of sport more than actually playing one.

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