Sometimes, it’s the subtler things that give the strongest impact. That’s very much the case with Bottega Veneta’s 2016 Resort show- a sunny, fabulous presentation that was designed with a sense of sensibility and subtlety that deserves some serious recognition.
“This is the time of year when it gets a little dark and sad,” said head designer Thomas Maier of his collection. “The idea was mood-lifting—to have happy colours.” To Mr. Maier, the October-November delivery schedule requires mood-lifting colour, rendered in light fabrics and cut in silhouettes that bridge the runway seasons. This resulted in a seasonless array of insanely wearable wardrobe-building staples in shades of black, white, tan and navy blue pepped up by bright splashes of pink, red, orange and teal.
These are clothes that can be worn anywhere; materials like wool-alpaca blends and sheer viscose transition seamlessly between cool and warm climates, while classic -cut silhouettes and gorgeous separates can be worn almost anywhere.
Sharp, jewel-toned suits, patchwork- pleated skirts and nipped-waist dresses could be dressed up or down when paired with any of the collection’s chic black V- or turtleneck sweaters, Japanese- style sweatshirts or belted knitwear. There were gorgeous separates like wrap-waist straight skirts, draped scoop-necked tunics, slouchy boot-cut trousers, button-front blouses and slim pleat-legged capris. The jackets were especially versatile and covetable with sharp blazers in solid colours and patterned stripes, leather-lined track jackets and ragged- edge patterned tweeds. A patchwork bomber jacket in buff suede was showstopping, as were a series of unlined shearling vests in technicolour hues.
Accessories are vital to fully present a collection, and this crop of fabulous ornaments are sure to brighten any woman’s day! Shoes, belts, pearlescent jewelry, sunglasses and a myriad of handbags were all on display. Bottega Veneta’s signature intrecciato weaving was well represented, its iconic diamond shapes appearing on everything from minaudières and flapbags to satchels and totes. Almost every look was shown with flats: slip-on sneakers or rustic embroidered sandals. These aren’t my favourite styles, but comfortable footwear fit perfectly into the collection’s theme.
Bottega Veneta’s 2016 Resort collection was a fabulous one! Every piece exudes a sense of effortlessness- from the perfectly articulated colour block patterns, to the subtle detailing and precise tailoring, this was an extremely well thought out and executed collection. Mr. Maier smoothly glided attention from one detail to another like a film director changing camera angles. Here he focused on the sharp manipulation of prints, there he zoomed in on details such as a daggered jacket collar or a patchwork appliqué pattern, elsewhere he panned out to focus on proportions and the fall and cut of garment lines. Too fab!
This resulted in exceptional clothing, with every piece being distinct and special. From the fit to the finishing to the flow of the fabrics on the models, everything presented was stunning and of the highest workmanship. This is quality and this is what sets luxury products apart from ordinarily- produced retail items. This is also what sets Bottega Veneta apart from so many other brands.
I love this collection and I can’t wait for it to hit stores! What a definite sign that this is one of my favourite resort releases to date- it’s still in the early days of spring and I’m already dreaming of November! Bottega Veneta Resort 2016 is too fabulous!