An elevated sense of tone and intensity set the Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2015 show up for success, as Tomas Maier turned away from his feminine aesthetic to embrace an ultra-modern makeover of 1960s and 1970s styles. After the onslaught of retro-inspired presentations at Fashion Week, a dalliance with past decades surprised no one when it popped up at Bottega Veneta, but Maier’s take is highly polished and wonderfully sophisticated.
Subtlety was out the window as Maier tightened his grip on optic patterns and vivid hues. The result of his commitment to graphic maximalism was a future-forward collection comprised of trippy graphics, artistically appointed knitwear, and a juxtaposition between relaxed, masculine tailoring and angular, unusual silhouettes. To drive a modernized mood home, Maier showed casual separates decorated with monochrome or neon polka dots laid out on a grid. Sturdy knit outerwear was covered in multi-colored paint strokes, at times paired with flared trousers in matching hues. One of Maier’s best inventions was an awesome blocking effect that trimmed geometric panels with gold-dipped edges. Asymmetrical tailoring informed multiple looks, building up an artistic angle, while embossed patterns support the collection’s innate futurism. Creativity soared at Bottega Veneta for Fall/Winter 2015, and marked a turning point for the brand. Yet for all the eye-popping surfaces, the clothes were all remarkably wearable, nailing the pragmatic theme of the season.
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