MFW A/W '11 Report: Bottega Veneta

27 February 2011

For Autumn Winter 2011 Bottega Veneta brings back the skirt suit: the dressy coat and shift combo; and those staples of the lady like wardrobe, the classic cardi/clutch bag. All thoughts of errant rock chick (whose spirit has edged its way onto the  Bottega runway in recent seasons) have been dismissed by a teased up do and a mid heel mary jane.

In fact, the simple A line silhouettes, accessorized with a single strand of tigers eye gems at the neck looked almost Anna Wintour wardrobe ready. Bottega Veneta’s natural home is where women love the refined and polished, not the rough and ready.

The silhouette was perfectly polite with short sleeved wool jackets in pale peach over knee length A line skirts and pale tights, or collareless coats over organza shift dresses. But it was in the fabrics that, as usual, designer Tomas Maier shows his innovative strength. A crisp grey cotton trench lined in black chiffon over a dip dyed gored skirt looked menacingly elegant. Marble printed cocktail dresses overlaid with lace or gathered in a waterfall mille feuille frill in front were for women who are chic and in charge. And ball gowns with heavy gold satin with pewter shading like a spreading bruise over linen bodices looked 21st century grand.

Bags were limited to variations on the famous Bottega clutch. (Women like these always have a limousine to leave their stuff in).  But for the rest of us the collection included instant hits like the gladstone shaped intracciato bag which was loosened up with a fringed edged finish, a generously deep snakeskin totes dyed poison yellow and a ribbon trimmed satchel bag.

by Paula Reed in Milan


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