Ladylike sweetness met downtown tough at Bottega Veneta's Spring 2013 presentation. Designer Tomas Maier offered up intricately studded skirts, seductively fringed corset dresses, boxy button-down blouses, and embellished pencil skirts — all of which explored the tension between pretty and subversive seamlessly. Standout looks included sequined tees and point d'esprit cardigans tucked into demure appliquéd skirts and sexy laser-cut lace dresses in shadowy floral hues.
Tomas Maier sent out a collection defined by its nod to 1940s-inspired femininity. The hemlines were longer, the floral prints evoked a nostalgic feel, and the cinched waistlines reminded us of Casablanca. Everything from poppy-printed tea dresses and butterfly-adorned belts to bustier silhouettes and platform loafers made their way down the runway, proving retro-leaning wares will be a mainstay in Spring's wardrobe. While it was mostly ladylike loveliness all around, there were a few tougher juxtapositions, too. Thus, for the slightly edged-up girl, Maier injected more exotic details — studs and snakeskin — into his dresses. If you're a fan of the brand's iconic woven leather bags, specifically the Intrecciato, you'll be happy to see a fresh supply of Spring-ready bags. And this round of slick accessories came complete with a more undone (read: shredded) finish, butterfly appliqués, and fringe. See our trend breakdown below, then click on for the full Bottega Veneta Spring 2013 collection.
- Trends: Retro floral prints, tea dresses that hit right at the knee, the butterfly motif, bustier silhouettes, and collar necklines.
- Colors: Peachy orange, black, nude, pink, rust, cream, navy blue, and white.
- Key Piece: While the bustier dresses are outright sexy, we don't want to be without the old-school floral-printed ones this Spring.
- Accessories: The brand's iconic woven leather bags, oversize clutches, square-frame sunglasses, platform sandals and loafers, and butterfly belts.
- Who Should Wear It: We're hoping Michelle Williams steps out in one of the quirkier poppy-printed sheaths, but as for the eye-catching platforms? They have Alexa Chung's name written all over them.
Aside from Jimmy Choo's Lance sandals, celebrities are also into Bottega Veneta's striped sandals right now. Solange Knowles wore her black-and-white pair ($299, originally $760) with a bright yellow Rag & Bone blazer and black shorts at a party in NYC, while Denise Richards donned her black-and-purple pair ($760) with a little white dress while out in NYC. A blue-and-black pair ($380, originally $760) is also available. Nab your favorite color and sport them with everything from dresses to skirts to jeans when you want to fancy them up.
Elle Macpherson's latest sleek and edgy NYC look has inspired us to add the perfect pair of pinstripe pants to our wardrobes. Pinstripes are traditionally more businesslike, but we love how the leggy blonde took the print to a whole new badass level via a cropped leather J Brand jacket. We also admire the way Elle balanced her separates with simple pieces: a gray tee, nude Christian Louboutin pumps, a matching stud Bottega Veneta clutch, a gold watch, a collar necklace, and oversized shades. Channel Elle's model style with pinstripe trousers paired with a cropped leather jacket for drinks with the girls, or play up your professional side with a blouse and blazer for a business lunch.
A seasonless assortment of grown-up separates in fluid silhouettes were the touchpoints of Tomas Maier's appealing Resort 2013 collection for Bottega Veneta. The designer looked to art, and particularly the frescoes of Tiepolo and Veronese, for a faded bouquet palette of butter yellow, pale peach, and pistachio, working each hue into powerful head-to-toe monochrome looks — complete with matching shoes and bags.
To capitalize on the season's long selling period — and to capture its neither-here-nor-there transitional spirit — pieces came in light fabrics such as viscose jersey and superfine cashmere, but were styled in lean, ultra-functional layers. Bags — a hallmark for the brand — embodied this same sense of innovative practicality: in addition to leather, the season's intrecciato clutches, satchels, and totes came woven in rubber, metal, and Japanese paper.
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- Tom Ford, the man who keeps his new collections hidden from public view until they go on sale, will open an outlet store at the Woodbury Commons mall in Central Valley, NY. The store — projected to open July 15 — will be in good company; Balenciaga, Chanel, and Michael Kors all operate outlet stores there. [Lucky]
- Miranda Kerr's son Flynn has landed his first magazine cover at the tender age of 15 months. Flynn and Kerr smiled for the cover of Who, an Australian celebrity weekly that chose them both for its list of most beautiful people of 2012. [The Huffington Post]
- Over 100 workers at a Cambodian garment factory that reportedly makes Nike products fainted Wednesday after being exposed to harsh fumes from various chemicals in unventilated rooms. This isn't the first time this has happened in Cambodia — last August, nearly 300 workers at a different factory passed out due to poor ventilation. [The Cut]
- Add Bottega Veneta to the list of luxury fashion companies getting into the hotel business. The Italian firm recently designed a suite for the Park Hyatt hotel in Chicago. It's called the Lake Suite — because of its views of Lake Michigan —and its 1,400 square feet include one bedroom, two bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchenette. [Refinery 29]
Cameron Diaz oozes confidence whether she's striking a pose on the red carpet or cruising around town running errands, and she recently showcased that natural swagger while out and about in NYC. The leggy beauty styled a gray plaid cape over her basics on a walk in the West Village, then switched up her heavy topper for a crisp navy blazer and infinity scarf while hailing a cab in the busy city. She paired both looks with chic ankle boots, a woven Bottega Veneta bag, and a pair of lust-worthy Diane von Furstenberg aviators. Shop our picks to re-create Cameron's fierce street style.
We always look to Beyoncé to showcase the latest trends, and she didn't disappoint when she wore her floral Stella McCartney pants with vibrant yellow pumps while out in NYC. The stylish star balanced her bold bottoms with a black silk blouse, two-tone Bottega Veneta belt, and blackout shades. Bright blue nails, simple hoops, and textured shoulder bag rounded up her city style. Beyoncé's look is perfect for Spring, so shop our picks of floral pants and eye-catching colored pumps to re-create this fashion-forward look.
For Bottega Veneta's Fall 2012 collection, Tomas Maier showed us his take on wearable luxury, highlighting sleek suiting, sharp coats, and an impressive batch of evening wear. “The look is covered up and the materials are virtually impenetrable, yet the effect is powerfully physical,” said Maier. Day wear focused on tailored coats, cropped trousers, and skirt suits featuring brooch-adorned jackets, refined blazers, and knee-length pencil skirts dipped in purple, black, and navy hues. Meanwhile, '40s-inspired shift dresses were injected with a modern touch via sliced leather insets and statement prints. The latter was featured on a striking cap-sleeve dress with a bold corset belt. Evening wear honed in on Maier's love for texture; velvet and feathered cocktail dresses and peplum gowns emoted the perfect sense of opulence, with just the right amount of mystique. For his die-hard bag ladies, Maier provided a range of reptilian-print satchels and leather clutches featuring the brand's iconic woven intrecciato technique. More details from the collection below.
- Trends: Peplum, velvet, cropped trousers.
- Colors: Black, purple, gray, mauve, orange, brown, navy.
- Key Piece: The feather and jewel-embellished dresses were beautiful.
- Accessories: Knee-high boots, opera-length gloves, reptilian-print and woven satchels, jeweled brooches, ankle-strap pumps, sheer socks.
- Who Would Wear It: Victoria Beckham, Julianne Moore, and Diane Kruger; women who crave ladylike polish with a modern edge.
>> For Fall 2012, Tomas Maier sent out one of his most refined offerings yet. Silhouettes were superbly tailored and expertly appointed, with day dresses, coats, and double-breasted skirt suits cut just-so in black, navy, or burgundy wool. Evening wear, too, was just as disciplined — and just as chic. Gowns came in floor-length velvet or fluted chiffon with shoulder ruffles, raised embroidery, or a delicate sprinkle of sequins.