Bottega Veneta kick-started the new season with a resort collection celebrating vibrant colour and a more dressed-up aesthetic.
Surprisingly, after fashion’s all-consuming devotion to the comfort of athleisure dressing versus extravagant maximalism, this collection had a quietly grown-up feel with an emphasis on neat tailoring and strong outerwear statements.
But it was creative director Tomas Maier’s painterly use of colour which stole the show, from his clean paintbox brights – poppy, parrot green and daffodil – to his offbeat use of mid-tones, confidently mixing bold colour blocks of bois de rose pinks, sapphire blue and citrine with a masterful hand.
There was nothing radical in terms of new silhouettes – just easy-on-the-eye knee-length A-line proportions, boxy hip-skimming jackets and precise belted outerwear, all given a modern luxe twist with bonded neoprene and the sleekest of glossy leathers.
And for a softer look, shimmering silk devore velvets were used in subtle chiaroscuro micro patterns on simple belted shift dresses or elegantly structured empire-line evening dresses.
Double-faced contrast revers, graphic black binding and button details added the final finishing touches, along with neat, boxy chain-handle bags and high-heeled Mary-Janes.
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