Fascinated by cities, their evolution and their topography, artist Liu Wei yesterday unveiled his décor for the 2017 Max Mara pre-fall collection at the Shanghai Exhibition Center in China. Futuristic spaceship or imaginary city, the combination of sculptures and paintings by Liu Wei, entitled Metropolis, established a striking dialogue between the legacy of Max Mara and its desire to move into a future where innovation and technological advances completely shake up the brand’s identity.
This confrontation is also very much a part of the capsule collection conceived by the artist for the Italian label. In the iconic house colours – namely beige, black and white – a complete wardrobe of 11 pieces comes in sublime fabrics including alpaca, silk and precious leathers, all set off beautifully thanks to the Max Mara savoir-faire.
Layers of laser-cuts, mixes of materials and tromp-l’oeil prints can be found over the coats, skirts, shirts, sweaters, trousers, sunglasses and pocket squares, imbuing this collection with a bold sense of singularity and avant-gardism, all while echoing the distinctly architectural vision of the artist.
Max Mara Metropolis collection is available on maxmara.com