Bottega Veneta: Ready-to-Wear SS18
Worth waking up for. This time Tomas said he started with colour, finding himself fascinated with the Marble Room at Kedleston Hall in Britain – the blue of its frescoes, the rose of its walls, the “swirling hues” of the marble columns. So those colours were woven throughout, but plenty more besides – sharper reds and purples made way for earthier tones, and a clash of checks, stripes and anaconda gave the whole thing texture. Clothes themselves demonstrated that thing Maier is so good at: namely, elevating the everyday into the eye-wateringly luxurious – “it’s all these easy pieces,” says he. “Even the long dresses are like t-shirts.” Today, he elevated those norm pieces – trench, shirt, trackies – not only through those massively luxe-y fabrics, of which there were plenty (python, cashmere suede and the like) but also through couture-level embellishment – hundreds of metal eyelets decorated boxy two-sets, sequins, fringing and beading, all stitched on by hand, made for out-of-this-world, but totally effortless, gowns. His is a modern, easy take on luxury. Too bad we can’t afford it.
Photographs by Jason Lloyd-Evans