Max Mara’s Manuela coat has become a celebrity in its own right. Paparazzi not included. By SARAH CASSELMAN
“THE MOVIE STAR ARRIVING AT THE STUDIO IN
her wrap camel coat and big shades is a timeless image of glamour,” says Ian Griffiths, creative director at Max Mara, referring to the inspiration behind the luxury Italian label’s Manuela coat. Designed in 2006, this signature camel-hair topper features a slightly oversized silhouette and wide lapels—both of which come in handy when you need protection from inclement weather and, possibly, the world, too. A coat protects you like a house shields you from the street, explains Griffiths. “That’s why the best coats come from designers with architectural brains.” Clearly, Manuela is a mansion, but there’s a genuine warmth to her beyond the moneyed exterior—perhaps the same can be said of the celebs who drape this wrap star over their shoulders, like catnip for the throngs of photographers. One part aspirational, one part attainable, slip it on and serve with a chill in the air. Layered over an LBD Old Hollywood-style or worn casually with a crop top and jeans, it says movie star, mother, millennial and must-have. “A Max Mara coat is never contrived, strange or gimmicky,” says Griffiths. Fame may be fleeting, but a great coat will never leave you out in the cold.