For Fall/Winter 2017, Bottega Veneta took inspiration from the halcyon days of 1940s Hollywood, when going to the pictures was more than just an act of entertainment – the cinema was also an important part of delivering news during the war. With the world marching toward an uncertain future, many of us are asking the question “How exactly did we get here?”, so it makes sense that so many designers are reflecting styles from the past on their respective runways. Nostalgia can be comforting during times of crisis. Therefore, the silver screen made for an ideal complement to Tomas Maier’s exceptionally graceful design ethos, with an intense focus on upmarket, old-school classics with a modern twist.
43-year old veteran model Eva Herzigová made her return to the runway as the Bottega Veneta show opener, appearing in a glamorous look that paired a sculpted turtleneck with relaxed riding trousers as if she had just walked off the set of an Old-Hollywood film. Reinterpreted classics ran the gamut from bright yellow suit skirts with contrasting fur pockets and a gorgeous double-breasted coat in sunset ombré to a tuxedo repurposed as a jumpsuit and a beige suit skirt done in leather and decorated with lacquered black appliqués.
Showing just a day before the Oscars, Bottega Veneta made a strong pitch for bringing classic Hollywood glamour back to the red carpet.
Polka dot tights, ‘Victory roll’ updos, elbow-length leather gloves, and darling pocketbooks helped complete the 1940s mood. For evening, Maier sent out a high-octane collection of dazzling metallic gowns – suitable for yesteryear’s Grace Kelly or today’s Michelle Williams. Showing just a day before the Oscars, Bottega Veneta made a strong pitch for bringing classic Hollywood glamour back to the red carpet.