September 25, 2011

Bottega Veneta | Women's S/S 2012


his spring, Bottega Veneta takes surface and hand as the starting points for an exuberant romp through extraordinary materials, unusual finishes, and exaggerated prints. The palette is vivid and saturated, centered on lush shades of tourmaline, dark denim, and indigo. Blood red, Irish green, burnt orange, plaster, and chocolate brown heighten the vibrant mood. The silhouette is architecturally rigorous but sensuous, a combination of tailored angles and fluid lines that keep close to the body. Shapes are illusory, with layers of fabric altering the apparent line of a dress or skirt so that a first glance leads to a second look.

Materials encompass a broad spectrum of textures, finishes, and drapes. The list includes ultra-matte silk, silk chiffon, and cotton organza, high-shine satin, and a wool gabardine that’s been calendered to give the surface a delicate luster. Blends of wool and silk, wool and viscose, and silk and polyester make for fabrics with unexpected weights and weaves. Three-dimensional surfaces —quilted, faconné, seersucker, coated— add substance and volume. Prints are abstract and overprinted, creating the illusion of depth. While each material is interesting on its own, maximum impact derives from the mix, from combinations of matte and shine, stiff and fluid, textured and smooth.

The season’s handbags share the same extravagance of surface but with visual effects that are entirely natural. Leathers include python, cobra, karung, ayers, ostrich and six different treatments of crocodile, as well as wrinkly lambskin. Unconstructed and unusually soft, the bags vary in size and are designed to be carried in the hand. In contrast, shoes are sharp and precise, flat in front with a tall, straight heel. Like the clothes, they are bold and occasionally sly, with color blocking, spotted leathers, clear PVC, and in some, a sliver of mirror that creates the optical illusion of a thread-thin heel.

*Bottega Veneta is available in the UAE at Mall of the Emirates and in Qatar at Villagio Mall.

Credits : words - Bottega Veneta Women's SS2012 Press Release
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