After a few much-acclaimed collections, we can rightly state Bottega Veneta is finally safe and sound, as director Tomas Maier managed to save the Italian luxury house from its past decreasing sales putting it officially back on the map. We could also notice how the label managed to get back on its glorious path especially through the latest season collections, wherein Maier skillfully intertwined Bottega Veneta’s hallmarks and high quality materials with a more modern twist. The same goes for the newest Bottega Veneta resort 2017 collection, which combines classics, such as tailored coats, with extremely colorful prints and patterns. In doing so, Tomas Maier also made sure those who suffer from summertime blues could find a sort of relief in the transitional season-approved ensembles available in the collection.
“Long and lean, tailored and very proper. […] It’s very colorful, because this comes [into stores] at a time of the year when the light goes down, the days are short and I like it happy,” he declared, reminding us that he truly values his customers’ contentment.
Famous for disdaining celebrity endorsements, Maier’s views on fashion are customer-centered, and his Bottega Veneta resort 2017 collection confirms it. The 24-piece line-up is extremely wearable, with clean cuts and minimalistic embellishments (that basically explains why he used the adjective ‘proper’ to describe it).
Maier also opted for adding an ultra-chic haute couture touch to his designs by having fun playing with different textures, which resulted into something that is pleasing both to the touch and to the sight, and color-blocking motifs, combined together to either create contrasting prints and patterns.
As for the fabrics, although wool is undeniably the main protagonist in here, Maier chose to interrupt the heavyweight line with sleek materials, multi-colored sequins and even a soft, fuzzy texture he used to create the latest loungewear-inspired wrapped coats.
The color palette is exceptionally diverse, ranging from dusty pastel shades to rich, darker hues, such as deep purple and burgundy. Bright yellows, textured greens and fire reds revamp the line-up, perfectly exemplifying what Maier meant when saying he wanted us to wear something that could make our days brighter and happily last longer.
Besides featuring an array of elegantly feminine must-have coats, the Bottega Veneta cruise 2017 collection gives us a few evening floor-length dresses to covet too, not to mention the leather pencil skirts that give a good name to ‘casual-chic fashion’. As for the dresses, Maier opted for loose figures with belts cinched at the waists, focusing on hourglass silhouettes and draped lines. Contrastingly, the leather skirts almost geometrically wrap the bodies, following the cuts and lines of their respective matching raincoats.
What makes this collection unique is, however, what completes each of the looks, that is the accessory line. Celebrating the label’s unique artisanal background, Maier delivered a few handbags and retro-inspired round-toed shoes that are just to die for.
Photos courtesy of Vogue