I’ve always had a bit of a love affair with Bottega Veneta. A few years ago they were one of if not the first fashion house to make an all lace ankle boot, and I wanted it so badly. They were stunning. Of course, I had to try them on during a trip to NYC, and I was absolutely stunned by how gorgeous and, at the time, innovative they were. The craftsmanship was unparalleled, and they felt amazing.In the end, I decided not to get them – where would I wear them? They were the in-between style at the time, and I thought I wouldn’t be able to wear them often enough to justify buying them. I regretted that decision for a long time. Once I realized I was still thinking about them months later and searched online for my size, they were all gone.
But that’s Bottega Veneta. Innovative, incredibly stylish, and worthy of covetous behavior.
And the label’s Fall 2016 RTW collection is no different – expertly crafted jackets, ever so flared pants, duster coats, and an array of midis. No theme, just beautiful, sophisticated clothing. Tomas Maier was not catering to millennials like many of his counterparts. No, Maier wanted to create sensuous clothing for a woman with class, not a girl. I’m imagining Angelina Jolie or Amal Clooney.
The silhouettes were classic vintage chic, with slightly relaxed pencil dresses cinched at the waist, a few slouchy trousers with intricate knit tops, a few stellar plaids, and woven strips of animal print creating fabulous texture over semi-sheer dresses. The collection felt caught somewhere between the 50’s and the 70’s, only in silhouette as the techniques and textures were clearly in the now like the barely there knits. Stunning craft work.