Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2016/2017 – Milan

Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2016-2017

For this coming fall/winter, Bottega Veneta’s collection evoked a bygone era in their “Ready to Wear” runway show in Milan. Models included Kendall Jenner, Jamie Bochert, Kendall Jenner, Issa Lish, and Molly Bair.

With tweeds, woolen polo necks, and below-knee hemlines taking center stage, the Bottega Veneta catwalk show encompassed a wide range of women’s fashion inspired by the 20s and 30s—emphasizing the feminine while marrying his designs with more modern masculine looks.

The show kicked off with the masculine—dark loose-fitting, flowing trousers and matching double-breasted jackets displaying 30’s glory. This bold office wear was accented with pops of colour in contrasting jumpers—statement businesswear for the modern woman.

The staple section of the show was awash with a tonal autumnal palette—from olive to burnt orange, red to burgundy, particularly displayed in statement gradient jumpers. Winter was also present in full force, with a strong focus on wintry sky bright blues and dark greys overlaid with checks.

Indeed, from thin to wide, crisp to blurry, checked patterns were present throughout Bottega Veneta’s collection. Twill to tartan, plaid to crosses—they were on display in some format in the majority of designs.

Throughout the collection, there was a strong emphasis on wool­. From thick, luxurious woolen trench coats to delicate v neck and polo jumpers, woolen scarfs and dresses. Indeed, the chiefs of the show were an array of bold 20’s style shiny macs and large woolen overcoats in varying shades and checks.

The 20’s were on show again in tweed coats with wide fur collars. Next came checked, structured v neck dresses in soft grey and burgundy checks—or grey and olive checks. Similar patterns and colours were presented in flowing checked midi skirts. Other styles included soft jumper and skirt combinations, and 30’s ensembles of long-hemmed skirts and jackets, and sleek dresses with belted waists.

Accessories included square envelope-style clutch bags and delicate three-bar heels. Jumpers and dresses were cinched at the waist with thin belts, and coats were frequently belted tightly at the waist.

But the major trend inspired by the collection was undoubtedly the thin scarf. An accessory utilized in almost every outfit, a matching scarf for each outfit casually draped over one shoulder is certainly this fall’s accessory of choice. There were stunning thin-strapped v-neck vests and dresses.

Statement pieces in the collection included a black and white leopard print coat and a velvet sapphire suit. Designer Tomas Maier was aiming for “sensual” in this collection, and he really hit the mark with the dresses that closed the show. A range of vintage-inspired bustier slip dresses with sheer polka dot detailing that oozed femininity.

So this winter, think woolen overcoats, checked patterns, autumnal palettes pair with dark grey, v necks, and thin scarves.

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