The clothes also embodied the polished elegance he is known for, and a simplicity he needed in his life.
Maxwell is coming out of an especially busy time. He’s a judge on the revived “Project Runway” in addition to a busy designer who has dressed Lady Gaga and Meghan Markle. His desire now is to “strip everything back.”
His collection ranged from pantsuits with plunging necklines and caped sleeves to full-bodied skirts that sweep to the ground and cinch at the waist. He designed in black and white and monochrome for some looks.
A black sports bra with a keyhole was worn under a sleek black blazer trimmed with satin. There were cinched white coats worn over white skirts barely visible from underneath. Maxwell also showed black-and-white leopard print dresses with a subtle “B” hidden in the pattern.
Bella Hadid walked in a satin white dress that zipped in the front to reveal a white turtleneck. Of the 35 looks, only six were in color.
“My very first show, I was hidden behind the door crying and I think I, at this time, I’d already had like six glasses of wine,” said Maxwell. “Today I’m just here sipping a water and I was just eating a chicken wing, so I’m feeling good.”
Karlie Kloss (a co-judge on “Project Runway”), Nicki Hilton Rothschild and Ashley Graham sat front row, and they’re not his only famous fans.
Lady Gaga won a Grammy Award on Sunday for best song written for visual media for “Shallow” from the movie “A Star is Born.” She shares the award with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.
“You wouldn’t be standing here interviewing me tonight if it weren’t for that friendship and someone who has so selflessly given me so much and rooted for me so much in my life and wanted the best for me,” said the designer. “It’s just a great joy. And she deserves it all.”