Yesterday, one of the most anticipated shows of Milan Fashion Week went off the staples. Held at the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, the Bottega Veneta show presented both men’s and women’s collections not only to celebrate the designer house’s 50th anniversary but also to praise the 15 years services of the brand’s creative director, Tomas Maier.
Staying true to the brand’s ideas of private luxury and customers’ experience wearing the clothes, Maier elevated perceptive combinations of jackets paired with skirts and shirts paired with pants in long and fluid silhouettes alongside belted waists on coats and jumpsuits for an elegant shape.
The genuine leather detailing was obvious in his designs, exceptionally beautiful on a double-buttoned suede coat in camel and a below the knee dress in burgundy. His creations also revealed the butterfly of Bottega Veneta that decorated dresses, jackets and skirts shaped by blurry printed and black paillettes.
Fifteen bags were brought back from the Italian luxury brand’s archive to mark the anniversary, including bags with the intrecciato exterior on them. A weave fabric that is widely associated with Bottega Veneta, and basically started the evolution of the brand. Fifteen new bag models also highlighted the craftsmanship of the label and the San Crispino construction were used to make the variety of wedge heels from lace-ups and open-toe ankle straps to models wearing black sheer socks in slingbacks.
“Bottega Veneta is about the craftspeople. They are the ones with the knowledge, and are the heart of the brand. This collection reveals their work at its absolute best.” – Tomas Maier, Creative Director. We couldn’t agree more. Happy double anniversary.
Photos by VALI BARBULESCU
Visual editor MARIA JOSE GONZALVEZ