Bottega Veneta: Cruise 2016
There was this film that came out at some point in the very early 2000′s, Kandahar, the story, to quote from IMDB, “an Afghanistan-born woman who lives in Canada receives a letter from her suicidal sister, she takes a perilous journey through Afghanistan to try to find her.” For some reason this reminds of that film. Not the plot line, there’s nothing perilous about new season fashions, but the colours. The colours in that film, the brightness of them against the backdrop of a desert flooded with sunlight remind me of the colours in Thomas Maier’s cruise collection for Bottega Veneta. There’s a richness to them, a deepness, they are saturated with pigment. An intensity of colour that comes from being left out in the sun. Burnt oranges, vibrant reds, dark teal and purples cut with pastel pink and warm beiges. Is sunbaked a phrase you can use to describe colour? Anyway, the colour here is in blocks that accentuate, for example, the height of a trouser or the length of a jacket, creating a sort of building block effect. A kind of lego in clothing form feeling. It’s not rigid though. This is utterly relaxed. Pared back, slouchy blocks.
By Natalie Dembinska