DANCE ON To­mas Maier showed el­e­gant day­wear at Bot­tega Veneta, made for the body in move­ment. By Cai Mei Khoo.

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Luxe ac­tivewear in the form of body­suits and lush cardi- coats

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Dance was clearly a sub­ject that has been on To­mas Maier’s mind. For the Bot­tega Veneta Men’s Spring/Sum­mer ’ 15 show held last June, Maier showed a strong col­lec­tion in­spired by dancers, pieces that were about “move­ment and free­dom”. Sim­i­larly, for the women’s show held later in Septem­ber, Maier again went back to the idea of dance as his start­ing point, but this time of a dancer on her way to dance re­hearsals as op­posed to the per­for­mance as­pect.

The show opened with Edie Camp­bell in a grey cot­ton yarn body­suit worn with a chunky knit cardi­gan coat, set­ting the tone for the col­lec­tion of luxe ac­tivewear that came soon af­ter. There were dou­ble jer­sey sweat­shirts, washed calf suede trenches, cropped wrap­around cardi­gans in linen vis­cose yarn worn with high-waisted shorts, as well as yarn and linen trousers that were cut loose from the waist and tight­ened around the calves. A supremely tac­tile col­lec­tion, the off-duty dancer looks were el­e­vated with the use of lux­u­ri­ous ma­te­ri­als that begged to be touched.

The colour pal­ette con­sisted mostly of neu­trals such as washed-out tones of sand, light grey, blush, and a soft A sym­phony of mesh and se­quins yel­low shade called ba­nane that’s new at Bot­tega Veneta this sea­son. A floor- length ba­nane trench coat in bondedd cot­ton was made to feel like pa­per,, show­ing off the cre­ativ­ity and savoir- faire of the brand’s ar­ti­sans. Then there e was the in­tro­duc­tion of an un­ex­pected d fab­ric – denim. A hum­ble, ev­ery­dayy ma­te­rial, denim at Bot­tega Veneta was done up in dark navy, pressed stiff and left with raw, un­fin­ished edges. Skirts were cut at midi lengths, some with an asym­met­ri­cal hem­line, with enough fab­ric to give the dresses a soft flare, rem­i­nis­cent of a ’50s sil­hou­ette. Twotoned denim dresses were also del­i­cately em­bel­lished with mesh and se­quinned em­broi­dery, which car­ried on to the evening looks.

Se­quins took on a de­cid­edly sub­tler look in the evening dresses. Here, Maier had se­quins and caviar beads em­bel­lish a can­vas dress and then lay­ered a mesh-like fab­ric over it to cre­ate added di­men­sion, lend­ing that sense of quiet luxury that the brand is known for. Also, a mood of ath­leti­cism ran right through to the fi­nale look, a floor-length T-shirt dress in fluid vis­cose jer­sey cut gen­er­ously to evoke po­etry in mo­tion. “The woman who moves her arms grace­fully and has a dancer’s walk – this is what I found inspiring,” says Maier. Trench coat of bonded cot­ton in ba­nane’

Bot­tega Veneta Spring/ Sum­mer ’15

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