Runway Review: Bottega Veneta Spring 2014

Day 4 of Milan Fashion Week started pretty early (9:30) and is quite packed (Bottega, Cavalli, Jil Sander and Pucci), as opposed to yesterday (Versace).

Unfortunately, I can't say that Tomas Maier's morning presentation was the fashion caffeine I so badly craved in order to start my day properly. Blame the (mostly) dark colors and the overall moodiness of the show.

I've always appreciated Maier as a designer that can control different volumes of garments pretty well and so it was this time on almost every occasion. The first few looks he sent out were pretty classic and conservative...waspy almost. Wide wrap shirts paired with high waisted skirts done in constructed/deconstructed fashion seemed like perfect choices for the modern working woman (Maier's target clientele).

The designer's forté have always been dresses, and he made some really interesting pieces for next spring but they pale in comparison to the ones from 12 months ago (a show that consisted only of dresses and each one was more stunning than the one before). The one-shouldered, asymmetrical hem examples in dark beige and navy blue were sort of forgetable, but the more simply cut dresses in beautiful hues (brick orange and maroon) were more exciting.

Tomas Maier touched on a trend Miuccia Prada so famously started two days ago - large embellishments. An oversize electric blue T-shirt dress was studded with large buttons and metal plates to great effect. That piece alone was worth watching the show for.

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Photos from Style.com

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