The Bottega Veneta Spring 2017 collection was awash in trans-seasonal, ageless classics, and also gave equal weight to menswear, demonstrating Tomas Maier’s even-handed, democratic approach to fashion.
Bottega Veneta’s eventful 50th anniversary presentation strayed from its typical venue at company headquarters in favor of a more extravagant setting at the beautiful Accademia di Brera. The collection itself was awash in trans-seasonal, ageless classics, and also gave equal weight to menswear, demonstrating Tomas Maier’s even-handed, democratic approach to fashion. In his 15 years at the helm, Maier continues to define the Bottega Veneta woman, not by how she looks, but by how she acts: quiet, calm, intelligent, confident. He does so with polished, sophisticated daywear that came in fluid, cinch-waist silhouettes, sturdy outerwear, and uncompromising craftsmanship.
While a distinctly autumn palette ruled the first looks – which were comprised of mahogany leather coats, reptile-skin jackets, cropped trousers, and delicate jet black separates – Maier also offered colorful springtime hues and ivory neutrals for the warmer months. Although a serene attitude prevailed on the Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2017 runway, it gave way to an energetic spirit when an eye-popping of hot pink, citron, and tangerine leather looks stole the spotlight. Additionally, a hint of prep school chic was found in sackcloth-waisted skirts paired with bobby socks and Oxford flats, and provocative sheer ribbed turtlenecks, and silky see-through ribbed polo-necked shirts. Included in the line-up of beautifully crafted timeless separates and simple floor-length gowns in plain muted fabrics were supremely wearable lightweight safari blouses tucked into fluid midi skirts, safari dresses sprinkled with buttons, and double-breasted shirt dresses. On-trend looks included flight-suits in crumpled, technical fabric, and a few preppy, sunny knit dresses.
In a seriously iconic moment, Lauren Hutton and Gigi Hadid walked arm-in-arm for the finale, celebrating 50 years of the brand’s excellent, discreet craftsmanship and subtle glamour. In homage to Bottega Veneta’s past, Hutton walked with the same red leather bag she carried in American Gigolo. If there is any question as to the ageless, democratic nature of the brand, one need look no further than the cherub-faced 21-year-old Hadid who stepped in perfect pink-washed tandem with the 72-year-old Hutton, both confidently repping Bottega Veneta’s finely crafted clothes. It was an egalitarian note on which to end a revelatory presentation.