Beautiful Bottega. It would take a salesman with a seriously silver tongue to sell me a corset top. And a corset top for day? Forget it. No boobs and a bony chest are one thing, but this is a garment so loaded with Katie Price connotations it just doesn't belong at lunch, the office or anwhere else you might be thinking of wearing a Bottega Veneta dress. But I reckon Tomas Maier's tongue is platinum-plated for the cream cotton corset top piped in white and worn with a soft and simple white skirt has gone straight to the top of my lust list.
This was a collection full of clothes that would make light of the stickiest summer. Feather-light creamy knits were semi-transparent and even layered on top of each other or over an easy jersey knit jumpsuit, never looked cumbersome. Tailoring was Japanese-inspired with obi belts and kimono collars, and flashes of colour inside lapels or at the edge of linings. But it was the dresses that had us all in a girly tizz. Soft cotton shaped by plissé waists (still white) and an easy tunic with turned-up collar had 'buy me' written all over them. And all of these were accessorised with statement necklaces in horn or jade, espadrille-inspired shoes and intricate flat totes or bucket bags.
It finished with a fanfare of colour: floaty organza gowns in tropical brights were breathtakingly feminine. It doesn't get much better than this.
What we loved:
Apron front plissé cotton shift
Softest linen strapless dress with folded bodice
Red organza gown All the jewellery
- Paula Reed in Milan