FOR any woman that harboured dreams of becoming – but never made it as – a ballet dancer, Tomas Maier has made it possible without even a plié or pointe in sight. This morning’s Bottega Veneta show was an ode to the dancer in her rehearsal wares – so comfortable, cool, laid back and pretty in a downtime way.
“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, relaxed post-show backstage.
Everything about this collection, in fact, was about downtime – from the flat shoes with nearly every look to the belted cardigan combinations that have become so synonymous with the ballet world. Edie Campbell, opening, in a cosy warm knit and leotard set the scene for the show – more easy, languid silhouettes followed and then came Maier’s signature crafty touches. Shards of sequins or caviar beads punched and patched shifts or ran in vertical strips down other dresses with pleated fronts, cinched waists and full skirts.
But it was about ease and elegance (the Bottega way after all) throughout: comfortable colours such as biscuit beige, baby pink and blue, oatmeal. Nothing was obviously a performance here despite the obvious origins of the collection’s inception.
We also saw denim – a story that has been unfolding throughout the spring/summer 2015 season and somewhat strangely most so in Milan (we had it at Gucci and Fendi too) – as well as gingham, something that started up in New York but went off radar during London. Here it brought a lovely make-do-and-mend charm.
As for the denim? “I just love blue,” reasoned Maier.
Jessica Bumpus

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