Bottega Veneta celebrates its 50th anniversary this season, but don’t expect an over the top venue or anything like that. Tomas Maier, the creative director of Veneta, is known for his classical approach to ready-to-wear, and of course, respect for the brand’s heritage of leather accessories. That’s why the idea behind spring-summer 2017 span around an iconic intrecciato woven clutch bag, which was carried around by Lauren Hutton back in a 1980 film, American Gigolo. History repeats itself: yesterday in the morning, the same person appeared in the fashion show, with the same bag. Hutton wore an elegant, beige trench coat (like in the film!). Absolutely make-up free. She looked stunning, as always. And the red, little bag was a cherry on the (birthday) cake. The memorable clutch, and 14 other archive bags will be reproduced.
Now, the clothes part. Maier is one of the leading designers who creates ageless garments with a seasonless neutrality. Anyone can wear them, from the young to the elder. The latest collection is divided into different colour palettes: the first looks were kept in olive-green, earthy tones. We had some great knits, luxury leathers and delightful rain coats. Then, there was a colour moment, where Karen Elson and Grace Bol wore beetroot-red robe dresses and fuchsia pencil skirts. In the end, the designer explored various shades of beige , mixing it with pastel elements. There was suede, there was cashmere – a combination of Bottega Veneta’s favourites. The Italian brand focuses on an menswear line, too, so no wonder why some of the looks were prepared for guys in this milestone celebration. Over-sized camel pants, loose sweaters and tailored biker jackets are just some of the men’s essentials.