ON THE ROAD
New York, New York! Everyone needs to visit the Big Apple at least once in their lifetime. But Tomas Maier decided to take the New York experience a step further by bringing his entire Bottega Veneta show down from Milan. This unexpected move came in conj
The likes of asymmetrical cuts, artsy prints and plentiful layers are the trends of the season.
You have to get up close to the product to discover and appreciate it
The gorgeous, decked-out new mansion that is now Bottega Veneta’s latest Maison in New York—and the brand’s biggest store in the world—is located in a historic district on the Upper East Side. With five floors filled with all things beautiful and luxurious—from the brand's signature woven intrecciato leather pieces for men and women, along with shoes, watches, eyewear, fragrances, jewellery, ready-to-wear as well as their well-loved Home and Furniture collections—the limestone and red brick building combines three daylight-filled, landmarked 19thcentury townhouses spanning almost 15,000 square feet across five floors.
As one walks in the cool grey and beige store, they are greeted by a soaring, double-height ground floor featuring women’s and men’s leather goods and a grand stairway with clear glass balustrade and stone handrail that connects all the floors. The mezzanine level houses a women’s shoe salon as well as fragrance while sitting cosy on the third floor are women’s ready-to-wear and accessories. Walk another floor higher to view the men’s collection while, finally, the top floor— the “The Apartment”. Styled with some of Tomas’ favourite architecture and photography books, as well as a rotating art collection created in collaboration with European based gallery Robilant + Voena, this space is “very much like a real apartment, with the feeling of being in a private home,” states Tomas, as the floor displays a huge array of Bottega Veneta’s Furniture and Home Collection.
Like the Maison flagships in Milan, the design of this New York Maison was conceived by Tomas and reflects the character of its home. He drew inspiration from Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers, and echoed the city’s buildings using metallic elements which keen eyes will spot on the brushed brass ceilings and metal display cubes with custom finishes. “The store
reflects the love and admiration I have for this city and its architecture,” he explained. Every floor’s colour palette is customised; the ground floor’s cool grey and beige reflects the cool shades of Manhattan streets while the washed greens of The Apartment references the beautiful ocean surrounding the city.
The brand’s NYFW F/W18 runway show is the first show Bottega Veneta has taken out of Milan, and everyone in attendance were jetted in from all over for the one-night-only extravaganza. With soaring ceilings and no columns, the American Stock Exchange Building proved to be the ideal location as runway sets translated the merge between New York and Italy; seen in a stark brutalist backdrop filled with sensual Italian design featuring both iconic vintage pieces and Bottega Veneta’s Furniture collection.
Julia Stegner opened the show in a bold yellow gold matching shirt and pants, with a plush camel overcoat worn. The looks that followed showed the brand’s ingenious utilisation of simple geometric forms to create graphic patterns with surreal shifting perspective. For women, this marriage is evident in richly hued intarsia silk dresses, lush shearling coats and on iconic bags including The Lauren 1980 and The Knot Clutch. Ears and wrists were adorned with artistic cube turn earrings, rings and cuffs. For men, an array of colourful intarsia
The store reflects the love and admiration I have for this city and its architecture
patterns on felted grey cashmere crewnecks and jackets were pieced together with precise, knife-sharp cubic forms.
And the best part—the bags. The go-to this season is the Tambura, a drum-shaped zippered tote that comes in a variety of checker workmanship including Intrecciato Abstract and Paisley Checker. The men’s Intrecciato Checker Totes for the season were bolder and more daring than before. The detail of the hour, the cube is, in fact, an evolution of The Intrecciato Checker square introduced last spring. Its architectural boldness is perfectly matched with the sparkle of the skyline and a delicate silver chain embroidery that has a clever trompe l’oeil effect. The detail acts like a top-stitch or windowpane pattern on tailored jackets and dense plaid coats. “It’s a very Bottega Veneta detail,” says Maier. “You have to get up close to the product to discover and appreciate it.”
A sturdy cocktail will always be a part of New York life, so it came naturally that Tomas would include a little after-party right as the show ended—he didn’t waste time. The models walked onto the runway, made their circuits and then made themselves comfortable on Gio Ponti chairs set up on the middle of the platform. At the finale, model Gigi Hadid joined Tomas in the make-shift apartment, signalling the end of the show and the start of the party.
Fall/ Winter 2018 collection
Setup of F/W 18 fashion show space
Exterior of the Bottega Veneta Mansion in NYC
Creative Director, Tomas Maier
Interior of the NYC boutique Clutch, Capsule collection
Bag, NYC Capsule collection
Interior of Bottega Veneta boutique in NYC