BOTTEGA VENETA — Pre-Fall 2017
In all of his 15 years of chic pragmatism at BOTTEGA VENETA, Tomas Maier has ushered in an unparalleled 2017 Pre-Fall women's collection for the Italian fashion powerhouse. Though a self-proclaimed continuation of the Spring runway, Maier's annex collection to his Spring 2017 creations are just as covetable a wardrobe as any with a timelessness that predates the changing seasons. The entire collection is a thoughtful showcase on Maier's masterful ability to orchestrate fabrics, color, and silhouettes in a continuous interchange between subtlety and boldness by taking classic, softer shapes and imbuing them with the intensity of playful prints and modern tailoring. Each look is the artful balance of the ultra-sharp cuts and fluid drapery of silk crepe, gabardine, ultralight napa, double-faced cashmere jacquard and knits, with the contrast lending itself to an understated yet contemporary elegance.
From the outset, Maier's dresses us back to the 1940's, crafted together with more conservative lines that are offset by the precision of mixed prints and intricate embellishments in swathes of dusty pastels of silk. The outerwear is classic through and through, but the colors are intensely grounded in bright, earthy hues and geometric prints from a range of ochre yellow, burnt orange, and china red. The collection culminates with the sweep of dramatic, floor-length evening dresses—one standout is the stark simplicity of a sleeveless navy number with a jeweled nape, with Maier’s genius choice of jersey adding comfort and movement.
The Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall 2017 Men's collection is a smart wardrobe that is relaxed and sleek, seemingly created with the idea of work and leisure at play. Each look in this collection features relaxed tailoring, with easily interchangeable pieces in a somber color palette of deep moss green, denim blue, dark burgundy, espresso brown and neutrals as steel, smoke and cement tones. The combination of silk jaquard, knits with geometric prints, and generously thick and richly-textured leather jackets adds depth to an otherwise simple ensemble. One major takeaway from Maier’s design vision for this anthology is the generous tailoring for the pants, with wider legs and longer lengths that relax casually over calf leather monotone sneakers, while lace ups and Chelsea boots display details of Bottega Veneta’s iconic link seam weave. The effect is a casual and refined appearance, with luxe updates to staple pieces for a streamlined silhouette.
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