Scene setting: Tomas Maier celebrated his 15 years at Bottega Veneta with an early morning show at Milan’s Accademia di Brera, a magnificent 18th century palazzo that houses the city’s top fine arts academy.  Under the grand stone-arched hallways in front of an audience of 1000 people, Maier delivered a rousing tribute to his greatest hits.

Best in show: Maier’s specialties, from his nipped-waisted pleated three-quarter length dresses, waxed shirt dresses and jumpsuits to big skirted ball gowns, hung together with thick technical straps. Men and women wore saddle shoes, the women getting a wedged heel version.

Sound bite: Apart from toasting to his own successful run at the Bottega Veneta, Maier said that for the occasion of the house’s 50th anniversary:  ‘I wanted to celebrate by staying true to the brand, to the ideas of private luxury that are all about the experience of whomever owns our products.’