Since Tomas Maier took over the reigns in 2001 at Bottega Veneta, the label has carved out a distinct niche for itself based on careful craftsmanship and quality fabrics. In keeping with its lack of logo, the label eschews overt branding in favour of quiet accomplishment.
Maier is a prodigious talent, who like McQueen, has a great understanding of men’s tailoring and can therefore create highly structured garments which compliment but shape the body forming the sharpest silhouettes. AW07’s formal and evening wear illustrate his talent – those peaked shoulders are a feat of pattern cutting or engineering or some other form of cleverness. Both jackets and waistcoats came in a mix of single and double breasted and the tailoring was as sharp in both. The trousers too were beautifully cut, many of them with a single pleat in the front, which gives room for a bit of movement without looking sloppy.
Some of the casual wear was a bit too eurotrash for me. Continues…
There were some moments of greatness however and all of it displayed the same appetite for the craft of the clothes-maker. Consider the scoop neck of the jumper pictured below, which sits as a perfect circle; or the collar of the green coat; or the biker jacket made from woven leather, a trademark of Bottega.
There’s no doubt this is clever stuff. It emits a quiet confidence. It has no need for glitz and brash logos, it just knows it’s the shizzle and it doesn’t have to shout about it.