MFW AW10 Report: Bottega Veneta

28 February 2010

Looks like Thomas Maier, creative director of Bottega Veneta, is gearing up for a tough winter 2010. The show, that is a standard bearer of understated luxury in a city that loves to take things over the top, opened with a slouchy shirt and low slung pants in what looked like shiny vinyl. You know that, coming from this house, what might look like plastic is of course baby soft leather, but the effect was as urban and edgy as if it had come from some rock chick’s performance wardrobe.

This was quite a radical statement for a label that prefers to fly under the radar. Styled with the over the knee satin wedge heeled boots, and closely followed by a duffle coat in bottle teddy fur, it was clearly a brand new Bottega Veneta. Looks like Mr Maier believes the Bottega woman needs to be a bit more proactive this season.

Soft catsuits in inky jersey with a loose asymmetric drape, and easy silk shifts in black and amethyst drew and audible sigh of relief from an audience of the faithful. Bags worn over the body and squishy soft clutches took the new edginess into the accessories. The sharp shouldered, slim legged tuxedo suits for evening were perfect. And by the time the powder pink crepe gown tied with a bow and the black silk mesh dress with its poison green jewels closed the show, all was well again. We were back in Bottega territory.

By Paula Reed


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