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#MFW: Bottega Veneta SS18 Women's and Men's Runway & Bags Report





Bottega Veneta Creative Director Tomas Maier went with lots of colour for the House's Spring/Summer 18 collection. His liberal use of colour for the collection was actually inspired by the country house designed by British architect Robert Adam, particularly that of the Marble Room at Kedleston Hall.








I'd actually go as far as to call this collection "Bottega Goes Glam" because there was an abundance in embellishments. These came in the form of jewel studs, grommets, pailettes, and in some looks, actually piled on 3 of these together. From the description, you'd probably think that there's way too much going on, but yet, the looks were styled in such a manner that it was anything but OTT.



Maier also changes it up for the Men's SS18 collection. This time around, he opted for something more casual, with a focus on that sporty luxe vibe, instead of his usual, more tailored approach. Yet, Maier says, despite the fact that "it's all very sportswear and soft, but [yet] nothing designed for a workout"  We see the men in refreshing colours like aqua, and dahlia, and even materials like antique satin, conn ton pique, and suede. I have to say that I was certainly very pleasantly surprised, because it isn't often that you'd see these colours on men, and this makes it so refreshing. 










When it came to the bags, we saw new versions of the latest City Knot bag, the Lauren clutch, the Spheres Clutch Knot, and the Komodo Knot. The top handle Piazza top handle bag also now comes in comes in Ayers patchwork, a new style called the "Palio" with contrast-coloured intrecciato panels, come in 3 styles - messenger, tote, and crossbody. Maier also introduces the BV73 top handle bag (the somewhat slouchy rectangular bag that you see below with contrast-coloured intrecciato side panels and the strap interlaced through the top flap) is said to be as light as a feather, inspired by a silhouette from the 1973 archives, in hand-painted python and dappled carrara calf. 


Palio Tote









































Piazza Top Handle Bag




What you'd probably already have noticed from the women's bags above, also becomes obvious in the Men's bags below: most of them come with initials monogrammed onto the bags. This is because the House is expanding its "When Your Own Initials Are Enough" personalisation service. For Spring/Summer 2018, women can now add their own initials to the Palio Tote and BV73 - both of which come with stitched croc or leather letters. For men, weekenders and totes come with a blank band for embossed shadow letters. Alternatively, stitched leather versions in either leather or croc, are also available. 



















Let's just say I'm a sucker for items that are personalised, and I actually prefer the personalisation styles on the men's totes rather in comparison of the tone-on-tone offerings for the women's bags. My favourites are definitely that personalised man clutch and that brown suede oversized man tote with the red zipper detail and blue strip, though! Hm... I think this is probably the first time that I actually prefer the men's bags over the women's ones? *insert thoughtful emoji*





Images via Vogue Runway