Sportmax engages in a theatrical style dialogue, creating a blend of past, present and future for its latest collection

Lines overlap, tangle, turn upside down and wrap around bodies permanently in movement, boosting dynamism thanks to multi-functional crossovers and novel overlaying effects for the Sportmax Resort 2019 collection. Draping, pleats, upside-down pockets, collars where the waist should be and vice-versa: every style code is turned inside out, shaping a fresh choreography for everyday looks.

The parka takes on a twofold role: feminine and sensual in the sunray pleats version, or technical and technological in nylon and polyester. Outerwear meets sportswear in the leather trench. Stiles intersect, creating a nomad look where tradition meets the practical, functional allure of sportswear.

The list of materials is more varied than ever before: nylon, leather, poplin, crêpe de Chine, polyester, cashmere, viscose, knit fabric, suede and cotton satin create looks that are always on the move, with seams adapting effortlessly to movement. The classic coat becomes a duffle coat with press-stud fastenings, given a lighter touch thanks to the feather-light cashmere. Leggings descend drop-like onto silvery sandals. Carrot pants are fastened with straps. Wrapover skirts with pull-out pockets team with three-colour slippers in nappa leather, featuring the same leather and metal details as the parkas.

Volumes defy the laws of gravity, infusing fresh life into the items. The blue navy raincoat with contrasting yellow stitching is turned upside down, with the collar shifting down to the waist to create a novel, enveloping silhouette. Polka dots and checks in different sizes, overlapping like patches, peek out from under a transparent veil, appear side by side on fluid satin reined in by elastic straps, or put in a tiny appearance on extra-fine, reversible jersey. Inspired by a creation imagined for Sportmax at the end of the Seventies by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, the leather coat dress with zip is knotted at the waist so it can be worn with a sweater. Dual-function items at the service of a contemporary, nomad-inspired look.

The sportswear character brings a fresh new twist to the concept of sensuality in a poplin shirt with pleated back, a reversed nylon bomber reminiscent of a mini kimono, or a twopiece cashmere sweater modelled around the body.