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MFW: Bottega Veneta SS17

Bottega Veneta celebrates their 50th anniversary with showstopping models of the past and present.

The Big 50

Bottega Veneta had a lot to celebrate this MFW, with this year marking their 50th anniversary. That’s not all, as this year also marks their creative director Tomas Maier’s 15th year at the house. With such big expectations set out for the show, the house certainly did not disappoint. Bottega Veneta wowed the crowd with the help of notable models – past and present – to represent their long and rich history. The faces walking the runway included models of all ages, from Adriana Lima, Karen Elson and Eva Herzigova to Gigi and Bella Hadid. But, the pièce de résistance of the show was definitely the appearance of the legendary Lauren Hutton. For the finale of the show, the frequent Vogue cover star sauntered down the runway arm-in-arm with model of the moment Gigi, prompting an emotional and fantastic end to a historic show.

Classic Sophistication

Look no further than Bottega for femininity, because this collection was filled with pieces that flattered the body but still left a bit to the imagination – with ribbed tops, wrap dresses and pleated skirts. While midi dresses, skirts and trousers were too cool with their modern length and cut. The clothing transformed the models, giving them that all-women-want-to-be-her, all-men-want-to-be-with-her aura, all thanks to their vintage, womanly feel. Bottega proved (literally) that anyone can rock their clothing – whether you’re 20 or 70, nothing beats their classic designs.

Tailored To Perfection

“Bottega Veneta is about the craftspeople” was the theme of the show, presented through pieces that illustrated the expert craftsmenship of the Bottega team beautifully. Impeccably made crocodile jackets, fitted suits and oversized leather trousers and jumpsuits expressed timeless femininity and showed us exactly why the fashion house has been around for 50 years. In honour of celebrating Tomas Maier’s 15 years, the show saw the reappearance of 15 bags from the brands archive – including the iconic Cabat, which was the first bag the creative director created after arriving at the house 15 years ago. Another historic bag moment saw Lauren Hutton carrying the same red intrecciato clutch that she wore wore in American Gigolo, powerfully showcasing the brand’s heritage and endless legacy.

Words
Mariah Rosslee
MFW | Bottega Veneta SS17

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