Functional, romantic and with clear haute couture influences, Tomas Maier’s latest Bottega Veneta fall/winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection gave Milan Fashion Week a more mature twist. Alternating relaxed lines with hourglass silhouettes, Maier’s top-notch artisanal skills got probably combined with his childhood memories, in which his parents’ architectural abilities surely had something to do with the development of his artistic background.
The collection’s main prints are geometric and repetitive, as they start from plain simple tartan motifs and evolve into big, intricate and sequential squared patterns. Such patterns enhance the lineup’s overall elegance even more, confirming once again that Tomas Maier’s purpose is focusing on creating one-of-a-kind staples that may satisfactorily represent the label’s legacy, rather than design plain pieces with the aim of just quickly going sold-out. Given the fact that the fashion industry is under turmoil at the moment due to its decreasing sales and frenetic schedules, and more and more designers and insiders are wondering what fashion will be all about in the next few years, Maier’s steadfastness to prove that quality is indeed better than quantity is a hopeful sign towards the new generations of both customers and designers.
Accentuating the legs and the waists, the Bottega Veneta fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection’s lines are dizzily vertical, like those of the epoch of English Gothic architectural style. The gothic cathedrals’ so-called Perpendicular Gothic style (circa 1350-1520), which led many architects to focus on vertical panels and vertically enlarged windows adorned with stone mullions, is to be found in most of Maier’s designs too, as proven by their many golden colored accents as well.
Gothic is also the collection’s color palette, with dark hues getting interrupted only by off touches of yellow, vivid red and green. While the very first part of the collection almost solely focuses on blacks and grays, the middle part explores more romantic looks, in case of which ombre patterns and blurred vertical stripes will make anyone long for at least one of these looks.
Covetable are most of the collection’s latest pieces, which combine the Gothic theme both with the Eighties (of course, in a more punk-rock style) and the Nineties, creating some delicate A-line dresses, velvet suits and light pleated skirts. Those who can’t wait to try the ‘inside-out’ trend will be very enthusiastic to embrace it during the upcoming cold season thanks to this particular collection. As for the collection’s trending pieces, the jackets, overalls and double-breasted long coats in wool definitely can be next season’s greatest investments, and no less interesting is the accessory line.
Maier couldn’t exempt himself from holding the label’s name high by celebrating its world-famous handbags, clutches, shoulder bags and shoes, and put all his efforts into designing pieces that will meet everyone’s expectations. To balance the vertical lines of the outfits, he focused on mini bags and pointy-toe shoes and to top it all off utilized thin belts to accentuate the waists.
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