Today in Milan, Bottega Veneta celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a show that pulled out all the stops. Ditching their usual venue for a museum in the city’s centre, creative director Tomas Maier debuted a super luxe SS17 collection on a smash hit cast of models. From Guinevere Van Seenus, to Bella Hadid and her sister Gigi, Pat Cleveland’s daughter Anna and Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima, the casting crossed both generations and genres of modeling.
But the show was truly stolen by the legendary Lauren Hutton, who strolled out in a trench coat with a smile. It was a nod to both Hutton and the brand’s history – her look was a tribute to an outfit she wears in 1980 film American Gigolo, complete with the red ‘intrecciato’ clutch bag which Bottega is bringing back from the archives.
As for the collection, coats came with collars in Bottega’s signature woven leather, in various shades of black and brown. Skirts and dresses also came in leather – in bright shades of of pink, red and camel. Elsewhere, the collection comprised of loose tailoring in pastel hues, while Gigi Hadid and Hutton closed the show in semi-matching ensembles, walking arm-in-arm in what was a symbolic meeting of two different generations of supermodel.
Once Hadid and Hutton had made their way past the army of cameras and outstretched iPhones, Maier led a group of the house's stay down the runway. It was a touching finale to a fantastic show – and as the press notes commented, “Bottega veneta is about the craftspeople... They are the heart of the brand.”