For the Bottega Veneta 2018 Resort collection Tomas Maier featured combination of poetic artistry and pragmatic nous.
The designer created the collection with a new interpretation on Cruise: “What does that mean, Cruise, right? We should rename that collection, because I think the customer behavior has completely changed. Nobody buys clothes for some time in the future, to go away eventually. They buy clothes that they want to wear right now.”
The collection included jersey dresses in blue and green with grid details at the hip, black jets at the neckline, and shadow-pleated skirts. Two reversible shearlings featured intarsia waves or crescents, wings, and teardrops on the suede side, and dyed mirrors of that pattern on the wool side. Suede skirts were teamed with felted boiled cashmere sweaters.
A burgundy napa coat featured deeply analogue fastening on wide-billowed pockets whose width hid scarlet panels at the side. A series of plain or windowpane cashmere coats and jackets—double-faced and with almost unfeasibly contour-less seaming details at the shoulder—prefaced more rugged options. Coats and field jackets and skirts, again with bold-emphasized pleats, came in cotton twill, poplin, or faille and sometimes featured studlets that whispered of Bottega Veneta’s last runway collection. The jackets had intrecciato engraved buttons, which are as close as Bottega Veneta gets to branding. Chunky heeled shoes teamed with black-on-blush silk socks pulled high—too cute—provided ongoing consistency through detail.
Jacquard knit dresses featured a fantastical mass fluttering of monochromatic butterflies. Meanwhile, a section of ivory-color pieces that looked silky but were polyester duchesse and ran the gamut from track jacket to evening dress featured gorgeous botanical inspirations inspired by Albrecht Dürer.