Highly anticipated, Tomas Maier’s Bottega Veneta pre-fall 2017 collection coincides with two big accomplishments for both the designer and the fashion house. While Tomas Maier has been celebrating his 15th anniversary as Bottega Veneta’s creative director, the Italian luxury house is celebrating its 50th birthday in the industry, the latest years of which have been particularly revolutionary in terms of patterns and ideas.
While keeping the focus on Bottega Veneta’s legacy, Tomas Maier has been busy renovating the figures, materials and motifs of his designs, creating intriguing it-items (especially handcrafted purses), which could appeal to its high fashion-enthusiast audience.
As for the Bottega Veneta pre-fall 2017 season, the collection appears extremely refined as usual, yet with a soft, Forties inspired allure that we bet we will see in the many pre-fall collections to be unveiled soon.
The first thing that one notices about the Bottega Veneta pre-fall 2017 lineup is its color palette. Bold yet not too bright, sleek yet not too translucent, this collection’s color palette mostly features rich pastel shades of pink, gray and lilac, with a few reds, oranges and mustard yellows interrupting the scene.
While speaking to WWD regarding the collection, Tomas Maier explained why he chose such colors, also ironically calling into question the reason behind the “pre-fall” name.
“It’s kind of a stupid name for a collection that delivers between May and June, right? […] Because they look really pretty on the skin […] You put it on and it gives you some sophistication. The models here are like 20 and 25 and they said, ‘Oh this feels fabulous’ about how the skirt moves when you walk. It’s a whole different sensation.”
Being a pre-fall lineup, almost each one of the looks features a cozy trench coat or jacket, with the former being mostly handcrafted in soft wool and the latter made of Bottega Veneta’s signature leather.
As for the collection’s main motifs, we could divide the lineup into three main themes. The first one features more bon-ton, day-to-day elegant looks, with pastel, Forties-inspired midi dresses, structured mini bags and chunky sandals. Most of the frocks also feature balancing puffed-up shoulders, which harmonize the figures and create a timeless movement I personally instantly fell in love with.
The second theme is slowly introduced and intertwined with the first one, and it is a more mannish style, still with day-to-day proposals that, however, easily transition from day to night if needed. Here the leather jackets, along with some blazers are, of course, the main protagonists, and got paired either with midi dresses and flared skirts, or refined palazzo pants.
The third and last theme is about romantic night outs and more formal events, with floor-length frocks and Art Deco-inspired motifs dominating the entire scene. Here Tomas Maier’s old hand at reinventing old-time classics is definitely remarkable, and will surely appeal to those who are looking for a must-have staple to show off in the years to come.
Photos courtesy of Vogue