Viewing the Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2014 collection in all of its tactile, voluminous glory gives some hint as to the inspiration behind the presentation.
Costume dressing, particularly from the 19th century, holds sway over the expansive silhouettes and the impressive layered ruffles of the Bottega Veneta show. Yet, designer Tomas Maier’s technique of fanning out ruffles along the length of dresses while tailoring silhouettes to more fitted proportions feels far more modern than one would expect, given that the Met’s Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity exhibit was the jumping-off point for all of this throwback finery. After all, a quick journey through the Monet and Manet archives points to costuming that is fussy and bustled – and there’s no room for that when the modern-day woman is hustling to meet deadlines. Thus, the collection has an aura of vintage allure, but Maier keeps keen visual layers, textures and touchable fabrics in the mix. This is the 21st century, after all. What you’ll want to wear: lacquered leather blouses with frayed-hem A-line skirts, rust-colored frocks with feathery accents, sensational dip-dyed dresses overlaid with mohair fringe and enormous tunic dresses covered in sparkling brooch-like jewels. Crinkly plissé crepes, unfinished hems, and paillette accents are unexpected, but they bring visual depth to a collection that blossoms and bursts with interesting visual lines and exuberant textural details.
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