Bottega Veneta’s pre-fall 2016 collection gave an interesting showing of feminine clothing with masculine or androgynous outerwear. Creative director Tomas Maier found a unique way to play with current styles and trends, while remaining true to the brand’s aesthetic. For the new pre-season, we were greeted with a variety of patterns, such as bold colors featured on chunky prints, and light abstract shapes, while keeping everything distinctly flirty and feminine.
You could look through this collection ten times and not be bored, because there’s always something new to notice each time you see an ensemble. For instance, appreciating the mixing of patterns and colors requires more than one look, or else it can be easy to miss a detail.
An abstract checker-printed dress was completed with a polka dot collar, and was styled with a handbag featuring a handbag with the same pattern printed smaller, and finished off with a pair of circle-printed ankle boots. This is a whimsical mixture of patterns and colors that makes you wonder about the choices that went into the styling. However, upon closer inspection, it is easy to appreciate each garment individually, and the “shock factor” of mixing the prints can make people more willing to look twice. This is the instance where the patterns are loudest, but the theme of matching dresses with handbags and paired with different-patterned footwear is prevalent throughout.
There is no doubt, however, that Maier has an expert hand with mixing fabrics, especially within the same garment. When using two different prints in one garment, the result can become tacky fast, but working with polka dots, stripes, checks, and tiles proved a simple feat for the designer. Manipulating color, he was able to patch together two different prints, ending with a seamless result. Talking about this process makes everything seem almost crafty, but the result is too flawless to be given such a title. The work put in was much more tedious, but the sharpness coming at the end was definitely worth the work. But the Bottega Veneta pre-fall 2016 collection wasn’t all just a busy mashup of patterns.
Some of the dresses in this collection looked absolutely effortless, especially the floor-length jersey numbers. One particular dress, featured with a deep red handbag, was featured in the middle of the collection’s photoshoot, and gave an interesting need for pause embedded within. The same type of work mentioned above was applied here, but this time with plain colors instead of prints. This really let the silhouette and cut of the dress speak for itself, and we’re so glad it did. The cuts of colored fabric were tight-seamed, letting everything flow together, from the three-quarter sleeves to the tie feature hanging in front.
It’s easy to cut this section into chunks. We were shown oversized outerwear, mixed patterns and colors on feminine silhouettes, business-casual separates, and muted-abstract printed feminine dresses. For each section, however, there were truly stunning looks, and this collection will likely be met by a slew of women wanting to wear these looks for their transition between summer and fall.
Photos courtesy of Vogue