Bottega Veneta; What’s Going On?

Tomas Maier’s latest collection from Bottega Veneta was made for any woman who has ever dreamed of having the elegance and poise of a ballerina. “I was looking at the way women work out and thought about a different way to work your abs – work on the barre,” said Maier, after the show. “Wouldn’t it be better to work on a ballet barre and focus on posture, instead of your six-pack?”

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The opening group of looks consisted of sophisticated leotards, leggings and jogging pants, paired nonchalantly with soft suede jackets or sweaters; exactly the sort of thing a stylish dancer might wear en route to her studio.

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Soft, pastel neutrals reigned throughout the collection, and the beautifully rich fabrics seemed to beg to be touched.

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As the show progressed, we were given dresses imbued with a mid-century elegance and a stylishly demure aesthetic. Skirts were fairly long and full, with silhouettes pulled in at the waist in a manner that wouldn’t have looked out of place in the 1950s. Light cardigans were belted over dresses, whilst material fell softly around the models’ bodies, flaring at the hip; these are easy, comfortable clothes for ladies on the move. This was normcore at its most sophisticated.

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Gingham also featured heavily, in pretty cardigans and dresses with pleated fronts, falling in layers of fabric around the models’ legs.

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Many of the more evening-ready dresses were embellished with sequins and Swarovski crystals, but even these had a breezy ease about them, paired as they were with flat, woven leather lace-up flats.

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Maier has a distaste for the sort of workout clothes one might commonly wear for the gym; “horrific spandex outfits,” he called them. But these were far from cheap-feeling, stretchy leotards or too-tight leggings. These are clothes to be comfortable in, but they also look impeccable; and that’s a great thing to achieve.

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