Bottega Veneta Spring / Summer 2012 Featured

Fashion Show Review of the colourful new collections

Vivid colours and symmetric cuts are at the centre of the new Bottega Veneta spring collection. It makes use of extraordinary materials, unusual finishes, and exaggerated prints. The palette is vivid and saturated, centred on lush shades of tourmaline, dark denim, and indigo. Blood red, Irish green, burnt orange, plaster, and chocolate brown heighten the vibrant mood.

“This season, we wanted to make clothes with a sense of freedom and high spirits,” says Creative Director Tomas Maier. “There is a certain joy in this profusion of colors and textures, a strength that comes from unusual pieces that are beautifully made and not easily categorized.”

The season’s iconic handbags complement the design of the ready-to-wear collection, but with visual effects that are entirely natural. Leathers include python, cobra, karung, ayers, ostrich and six different treatments of crocodile, as well as wrinkly lambskin. Unconstructed and unusually soft, the bags vary in size and are designed to be carried in the hand.

In contrast, shoes are sharp and precise, flat in front with a tall, straight heel. Like the clothes, they are bold and occasionally sly, with colour blocking, spotted leathers, clear PVC, and in some, a sliver of mirror that creates the optical illusion of a thread-thin heel.

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