Tomas Maier called a spade a spade for resort, the season that’s more about merch than grand statement. Thus, he divided his Bottega Veneta lineup into three very distinct and separate ideas for each delivery. “It’s set up like three mini collections that will come to the store in November, December and January,” he said during a preview at the look book shoot at the Bronx Community College. Perhaps this approach is a bit lacking in romance, but points for pragmatism.
As usual, Maier thought about what clients want at each particular time of year. For November, he carried on ideas from the fall runway, working with big volumes and the warm, saturated colors typically associated with fall. There were papery leathers, taffeta trapeze dresses, suits with full skirts and mélange knits. December was a 180, full of soft, powdery colors and crafty lace. “December is the darkest time of year,” Maier said. “I wanted everything to look very light, very appetizing, very cozy.” Striped sweaters came in pale pink and gray; lace dresses were embroidered with mohair; coats were done in Steif teddy bear fur. Finally, January, the beginning of the new year, when spring is on the horizon — even if it’s only a blip. Maier again shifted gears dramatically from the previous delivery, working shirts, kicky skirts and jackets in myriad abstract dot prints, all of it meant to be layered so one can wear it sooner and later in the season.
The disparate deliveries made for a broad swath for Bottega clients to choose from, even more when the bags (big, small, printed, and plied with extra geometric external compartments) and shoes (rich knee-high leather boots and pastel platforms with rubber tread soles) were thrown into the mix.