Bottega Veneta Womenswear S/S12

Underwear was worn as outerwear with deconstructed lace and sheer pieces at the show in green and aqua tones

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Bottega Venetta’s show kicked off with a deconstruction of lingerie pieces, melted into outerwear: dresses mixed lace elements, sheer and opaque layers, all on violet, emerald green and aqua. Dresses – which the majority of the show consisted off— were further questioned by adding elements strips of plastic or bold motifs onto classical, knee-length cuts. 

Yet the main source of appropriation was colour and texture contrast: chocolate brown leather paired with a deep purple fringe dress and waxed, black leather pants; or a black leather kilt with a short black&white cardigan in 70s-inspired pattern, leaving a strip of belly on show – a modern take on the house’s leather tradition surely. A few pair of trousers stole the show for a few seconds: wide-legged and ankle-long, paired with an oversized leather top, or straight legs in a pink wash, contrasting with red silk top. Like an experiment on classical womenswear, it added a twist to chic basics whilst successfully linking it to the company’s history. 

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