In another surprise moment, Bottega Veneta delivered a collection of note for Autumn|Fall 2013. Tomas Maier showed his “brethren” that it is possible to DESIGN beautiful and tasteful clothes and present them as such.
Beautiful hair and makeup added to the overall image of the clothes, which were high on concept and long on what clothes of this caliber should be… chic, a bit “arty” (DNA of the brand), superbly executed, and here’s a concept for you all… marketable! Bottega Veneta is of the school that they intend to honor and revere the craftsmanship and abilities of their facilities and the work that they produce.
It’s also one of those brands that I somewhat love/hate as I always recall the brand as being wildly chic and discreet much as Hermès was way back in the day. Mr. Maier and I may not be of like sensibilities as he tends to be far more cerebral than I am when it comes to fashion, but with this collection, we are of like mind. The clothes look expensive and are wildly expensive; he has opted for a well-designed, wearable, and never boring high concept clothes that are at all times intriguing. No, I am not a fan of the the “paint palette” pieces or all of the origami folds, but at least the collection is original and doesn’t have the extremely subtle “gimmicks” that overtly screech for attention, which obviously is the new ethos… ugly is the new pretty!
There are some great beauties in the lineup and I am confident that Mr. Maier has assembled a clientele that will appreciate the mindset of the collection. I believe he has built a more intelligent and well-informed clientele base as opposed to the “uber-trendoidal client” that so many others have opted for with their design focus. I tip my hat to him this season and trust that my feelings will be echoed in the expectant sales and acceptance of this collection. I love the subtleties of texture and color as well as the play of matte and shiny that is used in many pieces. No matter what or if there is blah blah blah attached to the collection, there are clothes here and clothes that really require no explanation… only eyes for beauty!
I urge everyone to speak up and peruse the collection… the so called arbiters of fashion have lost their “cred” and so I feel that it is more important than ever to be impartial, yet opinionated, and hope that some iota of smarts has been offered to the reader! | Jeffrey Felner
pictures courtesy Davide Maestri