BOTTEGA VENETA | RESORT 2013
Bottega Veneta resort 2013 kicked off resort season in New York. The collection was Tomas Maier’s interpretation of how the frescoes of Venetian Baroque painters could be morphed into a wearable luxuriousness. Particularly inspired by Tiepolo and Paolo Veronese, Bottega Veneta’s 2013 resort collection translated the gentle hues and intrepid prints of this profoundly creative period into a modern collection.
Meticulous attention to pale citrus palettes of creamy peach, gray, yellow and pistachio set against vast monochrome made for a compelling assortment of striking pieces worn effectively as separates or equally stunning when combined. The light fabrics of silk, viscose jersey and fine cashmere presented flowing shapes that were a far cry from the creative director’s previous work at Hermès.
But it was jersey floor-length gowns emblazoned with intricate beading which vindicated Tomas Maier’s innovative approach to inconspicuous elegance – flawlessly exemplifying how resort collections signified the luxury of the holiday lifestyle whilst utilising intriguing fabrics and textures.
Similarly pioneering were Bottega Venta’s fantastically practical but superbly tasteful bags. As a trademark of the brand, the accessories played an imperative role in fusing the resort collection together. The intrecciato clutches, satchels and totes were woven in rubber, metal and Japanese paper. Other clutches came crafted from special silk leather that Bottega Venta used in the seventies. Most imaginative and sought-after, however, were the oversized cabat bag in organic black rubber that were festooned with shimmering aluminum embellishments.
While the abstract floral prints and appliqués conjure an ideal balance of maturity and playfulness that’s also highly desirable, the leisurely tracksuits were seemingly less exuberant. These haute athletic ensembles, also available in the menswear collection, were defiantly low-key compared to the other pieces which oscillated fabulously between acute tailoring and loose-fitting resort chic.
- Caroline Jackson