A walk-through of the Cruise 2018 collection with Tomas Maier, Creative Director of Bottega Veneta.
“Nothing is tone on tone, or matchy-matchy,” Maier explained.
The colour palette comprise intense and stunning shades of burnt oranges, deep reds and pinks, dark navy and moss, burgundy and expresso. Unusual combinations that come together pleasantly well.
Nappa leather, suedes of calf and lamb (presented as nabuk, shearling and knit) are sewn together – contrasted, textured, yet light – for the outerwear. Which are worn over luxurious articles of double face cashmere and tech duchesse.
Predominantly, cotton drill and poplin, triacetate crepe and jersey knits – lighter fabrics suitable for the transitionary season into Spring.
Botanical prints – of wildflowers, field grass and butterflies – are key highlights of the collection, applied across the ready to wear, to bags, and boots.
“It’s a very tricky process since there are so many colours of shading within the flowers. Normally, you have two or four, but these prints often have over 30 colours. The shapes they appear on are very simple, so that removes any preciousness, and maintains a kind of restraint.”
Maier alluded to the mastery required in the treatment process in order to achieve the appearance of antiquated parchment paper, on duchesse, cashmere and snake skin instead.
“It’s crazy,” he said. “But the result is something very special.”
The butterfly – a Bottega Veneta icon – was also applied liberally from the neckline, attenuating towards the waist of dresses. The effect is further contrasted with the two tone treatment of the fabric.
The bags from the collection are presented in equally intense colours that reference the RTW.
Notably, two new shapes make their debuts:
The Chain Knot, extended in size for more function and capacity, and the Piazza bag, a new silhouette with a top handle, and a shoulder strap.
The collection also sees the return of the Loop – updated with new hardware – from the 2002 archives.
Heels dominate: from patent calf botanical print Mary Jane pumps and lace-up boots to classic black Nappa versions bearing the house’s trademark intrecciato detail.
All images courtesy of Bottega Veneta