Bottega Veneta

New York: Craftsmanship is Tomas Maier’s MO. This season his exacting eye explored the artist’s canvas, complete with daubs of paint and Rorschach prints. Artistically placed patchwork piecing and delicate fringe decorated smock tops and shift dresses, while hand-woven macramé tops were cropped short and unfinished. The footwear was unique: raffia for the shoes had been bathed in oil and water in order to form shape. On paper it sounds like a children’s art project, but with Maier’s luxe fabrics and subtle use of color (ivory, sand, pops of vermillion), it was a display of refined artistry. —Natalie Shukur

Silhouette: A-Line / Twisted & knotted / Ladylike

Color: Black / White / Sand / Elephant gray / Vermillion / Taupe / Ivory / Cornflower blue / Navy / Khaki

Key Items: Pleated A-Line, knee-length skirts / Bermuda shorts / Twisted, wrapped and bow-tied cotton dresses / Patchwork cotton smock-tops and T-shirts / Macramé / Slip dresses / Fine, deconstructed knits / Organza overlay dresses / Fringe dresses

Materials: Cotton poplin / Stretch Cotton / St. Gallen lace / Silk / Organza / Fine-gauge wool

Print + Pattern: Rorschach prints / Ombré / Marbling / Brushstrokes / Graphic scribbles / Scallop pattern

Details + Trim: Fringe / Macramé / Silver chain / Bows / Knots / Spaghetti straps / Embroidery / Netting / Cape sleeves / Topstitched patchwork

Accessories + Footwear: Loafers with woven raffia uppers / Brogues with raffia insets / Raffia kitten heels with leather cap toes / Ombré goatskin totes / Hand-painted Intrecciato-style bags / Cat-eye sunglasses / Chain wrist cuffs


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