It is always difficult to tell, when sitting in an audience looking out at the band of models marching down the runway, just how much of what you are looking at is pure technique and what part is played by design. But in Bottega Veneta’s classically beautiful show, exactly the right level of craftsmanship in both handwork and design seemed to be applied, to make the clothes seem like they were drawn onto each model, fitting perfectly on the shoulders, waist and hips. “This is a silhouette that is like it has been drawn, starting from a precise shoulder line, as if you can see the pencil mark on a sketch.” states Tomas Maier. And we couldn’t agree more.
The looks had defined sharp silhouettes that featured strong, ’40s inspired shoulders, while the waists are nipped and emphasized. There were double-faced cashmere jackets and coats, knits with exaggerated shoulders, double-breasted tailoring and to fit the waist, and long glamorous metallic gowns that look like as if they have been poured onto the body. Colors play a major part for this collection with luxurious shades of ochre, terracotta and ice blue. Below are 10 of our favourite looks from his FW17 show.
Photo by Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv.