For Spring/Summer 2018, Bottega Veneta did what it does best: presented uncomplicated clothes with complicated exteriors. If you want to feel comfortable in what you wear, but also radiate wealth and good taste, look no further. A symphony of soft sherbert shades – pale peach, lilac, rose – were toughened by metal accents, which gave an edge to the overt femininity of the collection.
Unfortunately, static images don’t tell the full story. By their nature, they omit the swing and sparkle of the garments in motion, which was one of this presentation’s most enticing qualities. Especially when Emily Ratajkowski pays a surprise visit to the catwalk in a gorgeous studded lavender dress trimmed in a sheet of shimmering fringe. Talk about a show-stopper.
Speaking of Ratajkowski, her fellow Insta-famous peers each made a Bottega Veneta look their own on the runway. Adwoa Aboah, Sara Sampaio, Taylor Hill, Hailey Baldwin, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner were all there. Usually, when a designer employs these influential models, it seems like a clickbait grab, or desperate bid for impressions, but in these sunny clothes, their fresh, youthful beauty was an ideal companion.
To achieve his optimistic (but sartorially savvy) outlook, designer Tomas Maier built on a sturdy foundation of wardrobe classics like plaid skirts, shirt dresses, leather skirts, safari dresses, striped silk trousers, and anoraks with an intense amount of embellishment. Grommets were stamped onto nearly every surface from tidy plaid skirt suits and velvet day dresses to an assembly of accessories. When grommets weren’t catching the eye, Maier was echoing their geometry with perforated holes on soft sweaters, or mimicking the circumference of negative space with a variety of disc-shaped paillettes. It was very clever.
This breezy, beautiful collection is sure to catch the eye of the New York shopper.
The dresses in the collection were great, too. Especially the selection of sporty maxi gowns criss-crossed by multi-colored rows of grommets. In addition to these, Maier did a variety of elegant metallic maxi dresses that exemplified the parachute fabric trend we’ve spotted elsewhere at Milan Fashion Week. This breezy, beautiful collection is sure to catch the eye of the New York shopper when Bottega Veneta opens its biggest store ever there next year. Beyond what is sure to be an expertly crafted window display facing Madison Avenue, lies a collection that commands more than an idle glance.