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Milan Fashion Week: Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2011



















The Verdict: The key theme and design philosophy behind Bottega Veneta's Fall/Winter 2011 collection is experimentation. Creative designer Tomas Maier comments that "Designing this collection was like being in a laboratory. We wanted to push the boundaries to experiment with technique and craftsmanship to an extreme degree ... a mix of control and passion".


This was certainly manifested in the elaborately constructed bags for F/W 2011. The exposed ends of the woven leather (carried over from the Sfrangiato line from F/W 2010) which upon first glance seems as though it sticks out randomly, actually is used to create a wave-like pattern, which adds not only texture but also dimension to the totes (see first 2 photos above). The evening clutches with cut-out leather leaves also reflect the influence of experimentation in this collection.


New at BV for Fall/Winter 2011 is also the satchel. Strips of hand-painted python are fused with acid-rinsed silk velvet to create a striped bag, which has been all the rage for the past year.


As for the intrecciato knot clutches, last season's was bulbous, with a combination of exotic skins and leather. This season weave seems more "raw" and less seamless, due to the materials and possibly the construction technique that was utilised.


In short, the collection resembles orderly chaos, with a hint of eccentricity.



Images via Style.com
Maier quote courtesy of Bottega Veneta