For Fall-Winter 2014/2015, Bottega Veneta presents a collection of subtle strength and confidence.
The overall silhouette is streamlined and linear, yet the clothes are unrestrictive, allowing for freedom of movement.
Though at times the clothes have a suggestion of nudity, there is in fact little skin bared; the effect is achieved through careful choice of material and close tailoring.
Pale tones dominate the season’s palette, including mist, light grey, sand and a beige pink.
These light, powdery shades are occasionally offset by decisive touches of burned red, chartreuse, purple and emerald green.
Materials encompass a range of textures, finishes, and weights but are uniformly dense and opaque, without any transparency.
On the upper part of the body the fabric is cut close, creating a strong line. Though the entire silhouette appears to be cut similarly close to the body, this turns out to be something of an illusion. Upon movement, a variety of unexpected pleats and slits suddenly reveal themselves, allowing a woman to walk unfettered.
At times these unusual pleats and slits also bring new dimension to the clothes by revealing hidden strokes of bold color.
The bag of the season hits a similar note of contrast, and figures prominently with the look.
Top-handle in style, they appear almost as if printed, though patterns are instead parlayed through the natural occurrence of exotics, and often rendered in striking patchwork color and material combinations.
The shoe, meanwhile, is more subdued, designed expressly to finish the silhouette, with a heel that is narrow and high.
Lending the feeling of a highly refined suede glove, at times they finish with an element of geometric minimalism.
Impactful jewelry, in antiqued sterling and pink sterling, takes its inspiration from the workings of a meticulously crafted timepiece, with a compact accumulation of delicate yet precise wheels and gears.
“The collection is about movement, energy and confidence,” says Creative Director Tomas Maier. “We are always thinking
about what clothes should do for a woman and her personal experience of them.”