While there are few things more classic than a Bottega Veneta handbag, the brand’s clothing has taken on an increasingly daring approach (think the Fall 2010 collection, which was partly inspired by beetles and creative director Thomas Maier’s affinity for oddball fabrics like the one that is used to create Steiff stuffed animals being used to create a faux fur Bottega Veneta coat).
For Fall 2011, Maier continued to innovate with his fabric choice, patterns, colors, and textures and set the mood of his show by opening with a retro rusty yellow, shaggy mohair coat. That’s not to say that the collection was entirely devoid of streamlined, minimalist, ladylike looks, but they certainly took a backseat, especially when the lace cocktail dress and red carpet-worthy explosive bustier gowns made their way down the runway. In fact, the bouffant hairstyle created for the show was perhaps the most traditionally classic Bottega Veneta touch in this season’s collection. Will Bottega Veneta's traditional customers go for it? Only time will tell, but who ever thought we’d have a First Lady wearing Moschino?
As for the bags, whether big, small, clutch, classic, with fringed-like edges, leather, python, patchworked, two-toned, or otherwise, they stunned with their fabric manipulation techniques proving that, say what you may about the direction in which Maier is taking the brand, he has an undeniably impressive technical skill set.
Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree.