For Pre-Fall 2013, Bottega Veneta's Tomas Maier went in a decidedly more minimal direction than his vintage-inspired Spring 2013 collection, though he maintained the same notes of femininity and elegance.
Tearing a page from the Jil Sander book of "complex simplicity," Maier offered up new takes on familiar concepts. Essential, classic detailing, and monochromatic head-to-toe styling made the collection's story all about silhouette (which Maier honed to precision). Shirtwaists--narrowing at the navel via cinched belting--were cut in rich lacquered skins, while double-face crepe pant suits turned figures into fluid columns.
Dusty mauves took the saccharine-sweet aftertaste out of cascading ruffles on cocktail sheaths in much the same way that bold, black and white prints moved vintage-floral dresses forward.
By no means an editorially driven assortment, this collection's restraint rang pitch perfect for pre-fall.