Boxy Baubles by Tomas Maier

March 05, 2012 | by by amanda weiner | Style & Beauty

“This season, we wanted to make clothes with a sense of freedom and high spirits,” says Tomas Maier, creative director of Italian luxury label Bottega Veneta. After 11 years at the company (and at the helm of his eponymous lifestyle collection), Maier’s deft hand with the most unique textiles distinguish him as a visionary in the field. His Spring 2012 collection for Bottega Veneta was a prime example of his skill, with its woven graphics, pleats and fringe, and an intricate balance of textures. The patchwork accessories and embellishments in contrasting weights and finishes perfectly complement the bold, geometric motifs in his collection. “There is a certain joy in this profusion of colors and textures, a strength that comes from unusual pieces that are beautifully made and not easily categorized,” says Maier of Bottega Veneta. To wit, the house’s geometric jewelry collection, which combines elements of color, light, and line to create dramatic mosaic-like pieces. Worn with one of Bottega Veneta’s sheath dresses, a cunning mix of leather and PVC, this necklace punctuates a strong, graphic statement. Multicolor enameled oxidized silver necklace, Bottega Veneta ($6,550). 699 Fifth Ave., 212-371-5511

PHOTOGRAPHY  BY BRIAN KLUTCH

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