Tomas Maier’s Fall17 RTW Bottega Veneta woman felt almost like a caricature. But in a good way. Strong rounded shoulders, polished, glamorous, classically feminine. Most of the silhouettes all had a decidedly vintage 1940’s feel, but apparently Maier is shying away from that connection. At least in his words. His clothes, however lean into the era completely.
The runway started out with a puffed sleeve black turtleneck sweater over black cropped riding pants with brown striped gloves and loose-fitting heeled burgundy riding boots with faux laces at the bottom. Consider me intrigued. The tone was quickly set with Maier’s famous expert tailoring in coats with tones calling up visuals of curry spices. A color block cape coat actually had a bit of a 70’s vibe with the mix of yellow, orange, and brown, while another cinched wrap coat is a peppier persimmon and orange. An amber skirt suit has a fuzzy tan sherpa-like panel buttoned to each pocket at the hips. Interesting. I can see that look going so wrong if it’s not tailored exactly. But it looks good here.
After a few men’s looks, we got back to it with suiting – a clean segway. There was a great center-slit black pencil midi, studded in layers of triangles in black and red along the torso. And here, slowly came in the classic feminine 40’s looks in puff-sleeved, cinch-waist midis. And oh my goodness, old world glamour. Specifically the dusty rose cap-sleeve midi with the twist at the neckline and studding along the waist.
Three metallic evening looks made up the finale, all in the same silhouette with cap sleeves, belted waists, and flowing skirts. Polished, vintage, and absolutely perfect for some bombshell styling.