Bottega Veneta

Milan: Tomas Maier had a singular vision of a chic 40s muse for S/S 13, a woman committed to slim day dresses in clean floral prints and subdued colors, a common look decades ago. But women of the WWII era would have been lucky to have access to these embellished and crafted pieces, their lean silhouettes edged in luxurious snakeskin and matte studs. As the collection progressed, Maier grew less shy with his ornamentation, allowing a more modern weight with crystal encrusted shell tops  or raw hem sequined t-shirts, items which have only recently moved into daytime use. He also incorporated transparency with mesh tops and cutouts that would make his vintage inspiration blush, but which proved a savvy counter to the sweetness of this singularly feminine season. —Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Lean / Tapered / Hourglass / Fit & flare / Draped

Color: Wine / Nude / Black / Cream / Ice-blue / Marigold / White / Silver / Peach

Key Items: Printed silk day dresses / Sleek embellished halter dresses / Embroidered blouses / Crystal encrusted shell tops / Patchworked and detailed pencil skirts / Embellished evening dresses

Materials: Printed silk / Snakeskin / Cashmere / Cotton / Mesh / Embroidered lace / Chiffon

Print + Pattern: Clean florals / Patchworking / Scratch patterns / Shredded florals

Details + Trim: Studs / Raw hems / Snakeskin trim / Floral appliqué / Gathered bodice / Jewel embellishments / Snakeskin panels / Metallic thread embroidery / Contrast stitching / Paneling / Draping / Fringe / Sequins / Jeweled belts

Accessories + Footwear: Woven clutches / Butterfly embellished platform heels / Crocodile clutches / Skinny snakeskin belts / Platform loafers / Oversized sunglasses / Woven tote bags / Enameled cuffs


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