For some reason, I haven’t dedicated a full length post to Bottega Veneta on my blog so far. Tomas Maier, the creative mind behind the brand, is, after all, one of the fashion designers I admire the most. So, I’ll take this chance and, instead of enumerating my favourite Milan Fashion Week collections, I’ll talk about the one that moved me the most.
“Bottega” in Italian means craftsman’s workshop, and indeed, under the direction of Tomas Maier, the brand stands out as one of the highest craftsmanship. He once explained that he only accepted the position of creative director after he had visited Bottega Veneta’s workshop in Vicenza. “It was there that I saw that the talent, techniques and traditions that have been kept alive by the workshop’s artisans are unmatched.” Adding “innovative, functional and personal design” to technique rooted in tradition, Maier masters the art of seamlessly blending the classic with the contemporary.
The Bottega Veneta woman is so refined. These were the first words which came into my mind when I saw the collection. That refinement that you, as a woman, want to know that designers have in mind when they create for women: you desire your clothes to be beautiful, feminine, romantic, but to reflect your other qualities too, that you are bold and full of personality. I loved the unfinished necklines and exposed seams which outlined the sculptural forms of those beautiful coats in yellow, red (how wonderfully refreshing were those colours) and black and white, the artful mixture of textures and fabric construction, the colourful painterly motifs, but also the variety of little black dresses. I can’t take my eyes off that beaded black dress (image 7) that envelopes the body so beautifully. Mr. Maier’s dresses seem perfect, a harmony of precision in cut, attention to detail and study in woman’s body movement.