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July 31 2014

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Kering Invests in Tomas Maier

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Tomas MaierIt’s a good day to be Tomas Maier. This morning, Kering announced that it was entering into a joint venture with the designer in order to further develop his namesake label, which he founded in 1997. “I could not imagine a better partner than Kering for the Tomas Maier brand,” said Maier, who is perhaps best known for his role as the creative director of the Kering-owned Bottega Veneta, a post he’s held since 2001. “We speak the same language and have a mutual understanding of how to take this business we started fifteen years ago to new heights.”

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A Frill a Minute

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Isabel Marant's Dramatic RufflesForget your average everyday ruffles. The flounces that count for Spring are exaggerated and bold. Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier sculpted mille-feuille shapes on day dresses from a cotton woven with copper so that the fabric held its exuberant form. Dries Van Noten covered several of his finale numbers with clusters of voluminous, unfurling rosettes. Isabel Marant showed a one-shoulder frock featuring endless tiers of rippling tulle, and Mary Katrantzou whipped up printed baby-dolls decorated with both real and (for good measure) trompe l’oeil frills.

Here, a slide show of Spring’s most dramatic ruffled looks.

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Shop the Look: Shape-Shifters

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Shop the look: Geometric

Holding strong since Spring ’12 (and going even stronger for Resort and Spring ’14), geometric shapes and patterns have remained a wardrobe necessity. Designers have managed to take a different angle with this graphic trend each season, giving the consumer a sure way to stand out. Let a single piece do the talking, or pair up different patterns to create an eye-catching tangle of geometry. Let your inner Mathlete out with Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, and more, below.

1. Stella Jean print skirt, $338, available at farfetch.com.

2. Jimmy Choo Sweetie mirrored clutch, $975, available at mytheresa.com.

3. Givenchy blue Gio Ponti-print sweatshirt, $1,055, available at net-a-porter.com.

4. Bottega Veneta Intrecciato silver hoop earrings, $450, available at net-a-porter.com.

5. Fendi tri-tone metallic leather pumps, $990, available at net-a-porter.com.

Portrait Perfect: David Armstrong Lenses Bottega Veneta’s Resort ’14

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Bottega Veneta

Having previously collaborated with Ralph Gibson, Collier Schorr, and Tina Barney, it’s no surprise that Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier has tapped another famed portrait photographer, David Armstrong, to shoot both the men’s and women’s Resort ’14 ad campaigns. Featuring Laura Love and Lucas Mascarini, Armstrong’s naturally lit photos highlight the collections’ ease, craftsmanship, and relaxed elegance. Take a first look at the snaps here, exclusively on Style.com.

Photos: David Armstrong, Courtesy of Bottega Veneta

Pleats and Thank You

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Pleats from Bottega Veneta, Delpozo, and Dries van Noten

Pleating, in various iterations, unfurled as a keynote trend this season. Alexander Wang, for example, offered boxy swatches on miniskirts in New York. Also crimped in Manhattan: Victoria Beckham‘s peekaboo accordion creases. And, in Paris, Phoebe Philo caused a stir with loads of narrow corrugations at Céline. Yet where these designers skewed toward traditional folding, a trio of labels proposed a fancier twist on the technique for Spring ’14 via intricate pleats that mimicked ruffles.

At Delpozo, creative director Josep Font’s barley-yellow trousers, which boasted an arc of frilled pin-tucks, were a standout in his soft, painterly collection. In Paris, Dries Van Noten opened his show with a quiet white frock, the seams of which were embellished with whorls of gilded fabric. Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier, too, employed creased ruffles in his Spring ’14 lineup. One dress in particular—a gray-green number vertically veined in bow-like folds—was particularly striking. “I wanted to add texture and dimension in an unusual way,” Maier told Style.com. “The monochrome color, combined with the movement of the pleats, creates this effect.” To construct the garment, Maier and his team blended cotton with a vegetable fiber called ramie, which possesses malleable characteristics akin to copper. The result was a tactile sartorial sculpture.

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