Strong blacks and greys infused with muted rainbow colors took over the runways at Bottega Veneta. Perhaps one could compare the colors and looks to the sights one would see during a dreary winter season. Crisp autumn leaf colors in gold, oxblood, burnished browns and olive greens, the occasional flash of blue and soft violet in the sky as it approaches dusk, a glass of garnet wine by the fireside and the inky blackness of the sky at night all interpreted into a single masterpiece of a collection.
Silhouettes were cosy and textures leaned more towards elegant silks and warmer materials like leopard patterned fur for a couple of coats and knits, wool and tweed for dresses. Lace and chiffon made a rare appearance in the collection which consisted of mostly plush fabrics but were incorporated in slightly more gothic date-night worthy dresses. Despite the thickness of some of the fabrics which generally tend to cause an overall look of bulkiness, the silhouettes combined with the textures and birthed a collection that flattered the female form and yet provided luxurious comfort.
The most interesting feature however was the play of patterns in each outfit. Combining several different prints in colours that showed pops of vibrant hues nestled among the more sombre tones balanced out the FW collection beautifully. Checks, stripes and vintage looking prints clashed and yet blended together in single looks, however the standout leopard prints were left well alone and paired with clean solid nude tones and blacks. Despite the darker palette of colours used and mostly muted tones, the collection was an ode to the darker and drearier seasons of the year.
An entirely chic and elegant collection of autumn and winter wear, the collection also proved that sombre colours can be taken for a fun little spin alongside rainbow colours without looking overly saccharine or childish.
Details were exquisite and imparted an overall feeling of luxury without going over the top. Thin straps on shoes, belts and bags worked alongside chunky gemstone accessories in shades of rich emerald green and jade. Unpolished stones in hues ranging from a dark emerald and basil green to beach glass green and clear quartz adorned the antique silver toned jewellery. Wrapped around models’ wrists, dangling in thick clusters from earlobes, resting against both skin and soft knits and even worn in the messy low buns the models’ sported and as twin brooches on a glittering black V-neck spaghetti strapped number, the jewellery made a statement all of their own.
Makeup was mostly barefaced with heavy wine stained lips and slightly smoky eyes. Seductively mysterious, expressions were sombre, not unlike the dark hues liberally used throughout the show. If you could sum up the show in a few words, it would probably be ‘vintage chic meets cosy’.
Here are 8 of our fav looks along with the full images from the show: