MILAN - Short, sweet and so very elegant. That pretty much sums up a show where everything seemed to fit together effortlessly, even though creative director Tomas Maier puts great effort into the meticulous detail.
The spring-summer 2013 Bottega Veneta womenswear collection presented Saturday during Milan Fashion Week had all the elements seen on the current runway from floral prints to studs, to fringes to ankle straps for footwear. Sometimes Maier even mingles more than one trend in the same outfit and yet the wearer never risks being a fashion victim.
On the contrary, the look was super ladylike, underlined by the just below the knee hemline which defined every dress; there were no pants.
A white pencil skirt worn with a crisp white blouse was spiffed up by delicate studding at the seams. A pretty silk shirt dress belted at the waist was made even more lovely by its delicate floral print, a single white blossom repeated on a golden brown background. A strapless dress was made entirely out of silk fringe, while a camisole dress had tiny leather flowers stitched on to create a three-dimensional pattern.
As the brief show (around 50 outfits) progressed, different types of detailing blended in the same outfit. A single sleeveless silk dress combined leather, two types of floral prints, and a myriad of studs as delicate as sequins, which created a pattern for the bodice as well as highlighting the seams.
The summer palette ranges from white and black to powder pink, pale green, golden brown and deep blue.
The ankle strap footwear seen on most runways showed up at Bottega, this time for the high thick-heeled sandals, and summer pumps. Another ladylike offering came in the high heeled golf shoes.
Models in the show had their hair gently pulled back leaving feminine wisps, and wore nearly imperceptible makeup.