Summer styles: Bottega Veneta 2008

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I don’t think I exaggerate when I say these may be the most beautiful shirt dresses I’ve seen. Fifties style full-skirted, flowy and crinkle-creased, with beautifully crafted sleeves and collars, in delicate shades of beige, nude and grey. In Tomas Maier’s hands, a shirt dress is summer dressing at its best.

And to further evoke the elegance of the ’50s, there is the short-sleeved trench accessorized with elbow-long leather gloves, oversized sunglasses, classic tote and wedges. The pantsuit is also present, in the slightest shade of peach, because every woman should own one for summer too. My last choice is the pleated dress that beautifully delineates the shape of the body, without constraining it, and which is so brilliant in its simplicity. You see, this entire collection proves that the impeccable artistry and the luxurious fabrics are the only details that matter. This is in fact Mr. Maier’s design philosophy. I love this refusal of embellishment; just a pair of earrings occasionally, a chignon and a bright lip are enough, especially in summer.

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photos: Bottega Veneta Spring 2008 collection

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