Tomas Maier struck gold in his latest Bottega Veneta RTW collection after moving his flagship to Madison Avenue in New York City. As other designers have moved their shows to Paris or shuttered their shows in favor of private appointments, and the Dow decided to take a big poo all over our collective earnings, Tomas’ arrival with a fresh collection celebrating a little NYC pride was refreshingly welcomed.
The looks were decidedly laid back compared to past collections, but nevertheless bold. It takes a certain kind of chutzpah to rock silk PJ’s and a jumpsuit that depending on how you look at it, really reads as a onesie. Yes, this collection is both for the daring and confident as well as the don’t give a damn, I want to be comfy types. Oh when we merge day wear design with sleepwear fabrics, it really is the best of both worlds. On this silky framework, geometric cubist angles in alternating tones alluded to the architectural backdrop of the city in a vintage 70’s vibe with mustard, burnt orange, garnet, and heather.
An embroidered cutout of in layers of color was inspired by the metal grills of NY elevators, and the visual effects are just scrumptious. Ruffles were pleated and scalloped in well-edited, perfect restraint. A plum dress had lattice work fringed over the embroidered cutout at the neckline. Perhaps the ruffling at the hem could have been edited out on this one, but in general Maier showed the perfect amount of detail in these works that really showed off both the talent and creativity.
The final looks were slinky velvet numbers that, again felt like bringing the bedroom into day wear. A silver sleeveless plunge jumpsuit looks both polished and incredibly cozy. The sophisticated haute designer response to athleisure.