NewYork fashion weekLast season Tomas Maier designed a black velvet suit for men, and so many women who saw it asked for one in their size, he added it to his new Fall lineup.
Its unstructured jacket and drawstring-waist pants have the ease of sweats, but the material is polished; you could wear them out at night with a T-shirt and a pair of heels and feel utterly right. Maier noticed that some of his female friends don't really like wearing proper evening clothes—they're so much fuss—and that sent him down a similar path: cutting a black silk evening fabric into relaxed, almost athletic shapes like a zip-front jumpsuit, slouchy walking shorts, and a cropped hoodie.
Those pieces look like money in the bank for Maier's burgeoning label, which he relaunched last year with new investment from Kering to fulfill a need he saw for elevated everyday clothes.
A sweatshirt with the word violet repeated across the front and another with Maier's initials were a surprise, but more often than not, this collection struck the subtly chic tone we've come to expect. See the charcoal gray cashmere layering pieces (with their echoes of his dancerly Spring collection for Bottega Veneta), see the burnished denim looks, see a supple black leather trench.
The foil stamping on the hems of a pair of oversize crewnecks was a nice touch—those sweaters will be popular—and the same goes for a desert boot with a platform crepe sole.
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Tomas Maier designed a black velvet suit for men, and so many women who saw it asked for one in their size, he added it to his new Fall lineup.