A capsule collection fit for Ascot… and beyond

It’s more than a match for the sartorial challenges of summer’s social calendar

Weekend MaxMara’s Trophy Day collection creates a striking statement in a bold selection of colours
Weekend MaxMara’s Trophy Day collection creates a striking statement in a bold selection of colours

Summer’s social calendar can be a source of joyful anticipation and trepidation when selecting suitable attire. Enter Weekend MaxMara’s Trophy Day collection – designed in collaboration with American artist Richard Saja with the summer’s gauntlet of social gatherings in mind.

Weekend MaxMara x Fenwick cotton piquet Anemone shirt, £289
Weekend MaxMara x Fenwick cotton piquet Anemone shirt, £289

The Italian label is known for its classic looks, but this latest 10-piece capsule represents something of a departure for its Weekend collection of “off-duty” designs. Selected pieces now work for a grand wedding; others can be worn to the office or accessorised for a day at Royal Ascot.

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Saja’s genius with textiles is evident in his use of embroidery on silk and cotton. The five-colour palette is bold and some motifs are highlighted in neon thread. “It’s designed for women who have an incredible sense of style and humour… for casual iconoclasts who embrace colour, pattern and texture and pull it off effortlessly,” he explains.

From top: Weekend Max Mara x Fenwick cotton Atzeco top, £289. Fervida handbag, £395. Vieste silk organdie coat, £559. Gianni fabric shoes, £279
From top: Weekend Max Mara x Fenwick cotton Atzeco top, £289. Fervida handbag, £395. Vieste silk organdie coat, £559. Gianni fabric shoes, £279

That said, those less confident with bold statements will appreciate the versatility of the separates that work well as accent pieces. The collection is tightly edited and includes two cotton dresses – one with a full-skirted 1950s silhouette (£445), the other a more gently flared style (£400) in sateen – and coats for all occasions: from a high-waisted overcoat with a Peter Pan collar (£559) and a short bolero jacket (£225), both in silk organdie, to a belted cotton jacket (£289). The kick-flare trousers (£259), full-sleeved cotton piquet blouse (£289) and simple short-sleeved top (£289) create a more laid-back look that can be teamed with a frame-top clutch bag (£395) and flat fabric mules (£279).

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The range is available now in Fenwick stores and at Weekend MaxMara stores from early June.

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