Bottega Veneta may be the original proponent of the no-logo philosophy, but Creative Director Tomas Maier will definitely leave an indelible mark.
By Radhina Almeida Coutinho
There’s something to be said for a 50-year old brand breaking with tradition at the very moment it pays tribute to its past.
Bottega Veneta brought together its men’s and women’s collections on the same catwalk for the very first time at its Spring-Summer 2017 show in Milan. It was a deliberate choice that many believe heralds the brand’s desire to confidently embrace its future.
In between the rich leathers, crinkled lamé biker jackets, silk suits and moleskin pants that graced the runway, the models paraded 15 classic archival bags alongside 15 brand new designs - a mirror tribute that was fitting for a twin celebration - 50 years of Bottega Veneta and 15 years with Creative Director Tomas Maier at its helm.
“When I joined the house it was losing its identity and roots, so I instituted our four cornerstones of outstanding craftsmanship, timeless yet innovative design, contemporary functionality and the highest quality materials.” – Tomas Maier