Fall/Winter 2014 has elicited a lot of glamorous looks at Milan Fashion Week, but Bottega Veneta decided to go a thoroughly different direction. Designer Tomas Maier jigsawed together a stunning, elegant collection of neutral dresses, skirts, and coats that blended minimalism with modern art elements. What is necessary for understanding his work is an up-close-and-personal view of the clothes. From afar, they swish and glide elegantly. Yet their graceful movement is only revealed with nearsighted investigation, which reveals the intricate structure of the garments – as seamed paneling comes together so that the bodice is fitted and the skirt falls into a mimicked pleat. At times this paneling splices in angular geometry that contrasts with the clinging, fitted silhouette, crafting a look that is high-fashion and functional.
These clothes are easy on the eyes, but hard to approximate outside of the Bottega Veneta world – the Maier signature is all over them. Amid a cloud of soft robe/coat hybrids in rich camel and royal purple are collegiate separates, zig-zag paneled frocks, and metallic jacquard eveningwear made of a multi-colored mosaic of embroidered houndstooth. Pack it all up, Maier, we’re ready to take every stitch of this collection home right now.
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