by Lotus Ladegaard
Bottega Veneta was founded in 1966 with the aim of producing artisanal leather goods. They quickly developed the leather weave design, intrecciato, which they are wide associated with and known for around the world. During the 1980’s Bottega Veneta moved away from that artisanship, but with Tomas Maier’s arrival as Creative Director in 2001 the Italian Fashion House returned to its original philosophy and shifted focus back to producing artisanal garments and pieces.
Bottega Veneta’s SS17 collection was full of artisanal pieces and their signature intrecciato leather weave design as well as leather details. The collection featured several techniques of manipulating leather which gave the pieces added texture and dimensions. Tomas Maier’s play with pleats and visible seams worked beautifully on the chosen pieces and gave the collection a modern feel. What the collection lacked in innovation apart from the manipulated leather, it certainly made up for in craftsmanship and exquisite tailoring. The colour palette was easy and simple, kept in browns, greys, blacks, beige and with a hint of oranges, bright yellows and pinks. The collection at times referenced the 80’s with the oversized blazers and suits for women which seemed a bit out of place, but hardly lacked finish or craftsmanship. The bright coloured jacket and dress in lacquered leather did not really work on the runway, however, in general daylight I am sure the pieces stand out. I am not entirely convinced about the baggy wrapped waists, but I am sure it will appeal to a younger audience.
Bottega Veneta yet again showcased a collection that is classic, timeless and luxurious. It has a strong and wide appeal for both young trendy women as well as fashionable mature women.
Lotus Ladegaard is a Copenhagen based writer, publicist and a house model.