Top Tailoring: Max Mara

From Melanie Griffith in Working Girl to Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, the power suit gets a bad rap. Which is a shame, because it’s alive and well today—albeit in far chicer (and sleeker) versions from brands like The Row, Stella McCartney and Saint Laurent.

Max Mara is also looking to capitalize on this soigné standard with a new collection of jackets, trousers and skirts. For the Tailored Suit Project, fashion director Laura Lusuardi homed in on the jacket, a natural evolution for a company that has nearly 70 years of expertise crafting exquisite coats. “Women are looking for high-quality, versatile jackets,” she says. “It’s utility luxe, which is the DNA of Max Mara.”

There are four ready-to-wear jacket styles (single- and double-breasted in two hip lengths), which can be tailored to fit and come in a range of fabrics, from pure cashmere and heavy flannel to all manner of wool. One skirt and an array of trouser styles complete the suit—though all items are sold as separates. Jackets start at $2,550; available at Max Mara stores in Beverly Hills, Chicago and on New York’s Madison Avenue;