Tomas Maier is a man of few words who doesn’t need much to say when designing for Bottega Veneta. The clothes spoke for themselves at the runway. What designer wouldn’t appreciate not having to give overly details of their collection for the press to comprehend? Just as we’ve seen over the past few days, designers (an adequate amount) have chosen to keep things classic and subtle for fall/winter 2013 collections. At Bottega Veneta, there were no exceptions.
The looks were sleek and conservative, appropriate for a weekend daywear at the office. Suits were tailored and effortless compared to last seasons refined patch worked designs. The tactical colors – blacks, grays, and navys, emphasized the clean details that needed to be caught. There was enough to pick around from single or double breasted suits, to three piece ensembles that came with narrow or wider lapels.
Pants, slimmer in construction, had a perfect length that added masculinity to the overall look. Coats, such as a peacoat shown at Veneta, came in a luxurious version - slim and fitted - compared to the average boxy version I've seen before. And mustard overcoat numbers were some to have been deceived by; buttons were layered underneath.
Leather needed to be a must coming from Maier. Polished leather pants, jackets, and shirts, added that touch of urbanism Maier is best at performing, keeping that dark consistency men would seek to add to their next fall/winter wardrobe collection. I am not of fan of leather pants, but here Mr. Maier drove me crazy for one. The consistency of the shine control and thickness is a very risky thought for most men, but here everything was perfectly controlled. Even the leather suits were a must have, and probably ones to watch next season during fashion week among the dapper guys in the streets.
Knits aided in maintaining a youthful tone done luxuriously well. Accessories were another hit as well. Bags made out of exotic skins, sent a message that men should be opting for now. Wing tip lace ups finished marking Maier’s triumph.
If any, I am curious to see how long this sophisticated collection will last on the shelves of several retail stores and select boutiques when it comes out. Nicely done Mr. Maier.