Bottega Veneta S/S 2015
Founded in Vicenza, Italy in 1966, Bottega Veneta has paved the way for premium leather goods in classic designs. A distinctive element associated with the brand is, of course, the woven leather technique (or intrecciato in Italian) applied to numerous designs. Since its establishment as a respected luggage company, Bottega Veneta has expanded with various product lines ranging from eyewear to furniture. We have Tomas Maier, the current Creative Director, to credit for this advance in design development. A German from a family of architects, Tomas believes in using four key concepts: fine fabrics, exquisite craftsmanship, modern functionality, and classic design.
Something that has always struck me about the brand, is Tomas’ ability to create designs that appear effortlessly feminine. The S/S ‘15 colour palette was truly inspirational, featuring an array of neutral tones matched to shades of sherbet lemon and cerulean, reminiscent of a handful of sugar-coated almonds. Duster coats were relaxed, whilst shirt-dresses were adorned with gingham prints and tied belts to cinch any unstructured shapes. The creations gave an air of comfortable professionalism, perfect for the artistic minimalist who occasionally enjoys experimenting with print or colour.
Alas, a lot of brands with a pared back image tend to take the straight-lined, androgynous route, leaving a lot of women in despair. Minimalism has its attractions but I prefer collections to be simple yet alluring- to admire whilst thinking ‘I would definitely wear that’. In short, all we really want is femininity without the fuss.
In my opinion, this collection proved that Bottega Veneta has come a long way from its luxury luggage heritage and can accommodate to the busy modern woman in a variety of ways. They have always been, and I hope continue to be, one of the brands willing to give women wearable designs crafted in the most beautiful of fabrics.