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it’s sharing time! i’ve never been a particular fan of bottega veneta. okay, that’s an overstatement. generally, i’m so bored with the prettyprettypretty collections i kind of sigh when tomas maier designs another one & i know i should really look at it. it’s not that his clothes aren’t lovely, it’s just that they would be much more exciting to me if i saw a woman so attired strutting down a street somewhere looking impeccable than on a runway where i like drama.
the latest collection shook things us, however, making even cynical me take interested notice. instead of making the same bunch of ‘nice’ clothes that classier, richer ladies than anyone i know where to work, to lunch, or some benefit, he split lines between several options.
of course, the executives & trustees are still covered, with smart suits and breathtaking evening gowns, but he added a dose of punk-rock to the whole thing. many of the girls sported metallic, jewel-toned heels or bags, while other outfits were toughened with the additions of black gloves or leather.
there were also the strangely not-quite-fitting heidi style dresses, with lace-up frontspieces and little cap sleeves or calico prints. when he styled one of these dresses in black & metallic green, it nearly verged into a goth moment. nevertheless, these were particular standouts to me, a wink to a customer looking for a more fun-loving moment than a champagne-drinking fundraiser.
it was refreshing to see a truly skilled designer expanding beyond the girls he has long loved & dressed, perhaps suggesting to them the exploration looks a little less stilted than all those past full-skirted, mid-calf dresses of the past.
additionally, and as a final thought, he gave us a few nods to particular directions without any over the top screaming, “THIS IS MY THEME!!!!” as many seem prone to of late. a little subtlety goes far.