Tomas Maier kicked off the resort season Wednesday with his collection for Bottega Veneta. It was, as he said, “about very painterly inspiration” that could be traced to artists Tiepolo and Veronese, whose work led to the palette of pastels — yellow, pink and purple — interspersed with floral-printed cashmere and studded embroideries worked on feminine silhouettes. In the interest of serving the tricky convergence of demands unique to resort — i.e., a November shipment of clothes that are wear-now yet still hold up to the long-ingrained, springy “cruise” mentality — Maier kept things light yet layered. He also made a strong case for head-to-toe color with a yellow gabardine trench worn over a shrunken cashmere sweater and high-waisted trousers, following the monochromatics through to the shoes — bow pumps with matching soles and lining — and some sharp bags. Of the latter, two new styles were based on Bottega bags of the Seventies — minimalist, square shapes done in smooth-as-silk leather, with matching silk linings and chain-link handles.

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