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Bottega Veneta

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POWER HOUR

Milan: The sleek black leather pantsuit that opened the Bottega Veneta show signaled that Tomas Maier was yet another Milan designer who chose to examine what power dressing means for today. Maier’s take on the pantsuit took on the 80s proportions, but the slick leather gave it an edge. In contrast to his Spring collection’s meditation on the cream cotton dress, the current show felt like more of a journey. The pantsuits led to asymmetrical jersey dresses, which led to plush faux-fur coats with buckle closures. Taffeta dresses showed off the designer’s skillfull way with drapery, and anoraks with utility pockets gave the Bottega woman a great outerwear option for day. While the collection was mostly smoldering in black and rich jewel tones, Maier expanded the palette at the show’s closing, introducing bubble gum pink and lipstick red, used for silk button-up tops, slouchy leather pants and chic eveningwear, some of which were embellished with densely quilted, Samurai-like breastplates. Maier’s particular brand of power dressing embodied a sense of sophisticated edginess that kept it far from feeling derivative.

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