May 18, 2009 New York
Neons at Bottega Veneta? Tomas Maier took a new tack for Cruise, evident not only in the highlighter pink, Kelly green, and turquoise he added to his usual muted, earthy tones but also in the references to athletic gear as well as his own menswear. It made for a lively though characteristically luxe collection, complete with jackets tailored Neapolitan-style with wide lapels and rolled shoulders, sporty napa leather pieces, and pleated silk twill dresses that were a relaxed riff on the finale goddess gowns from Fall. On the accessories front, there were hammered-metal hoop earrings and chunky necklaces, as well as a selection of limited-edition woven intrecciato bags. One of those comes in taxi yellow and black as a memento of the designer's first trip to New York—a sign that Maier is increasingly unafraid to push himself beyond his comfort zone.
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