The Bottega Veneta collection was a bit hit and miss this season. As always, the handbags were strong and extra luxe coming in crocodile, ostrich skin and natural lizard and dresses were a combination of the classic pieces you would expect from the brand alongside more experimental pieces but there were quite a few anomalies thrown in there too.
The show opened with a series of bustier spaghetti strapped printed styles in shades like green and blue and as the collection progressed, Thomas Maier got more playful with them as he played with sheer panelling and leather on long sleeved styles that felt fresh and interesting. Shiny leather also came on a dark grey dress and also on a softly printed skirt teamed with a printed knitted top that worked.
But there were a handful of rogue looks to like one featuring slouched patchwork jeans with a long fringed scarf and a relaxed fit blazer. If you're questioning where Bottega Veneta and streetwear meet, you're on my wave length. A purple fringed scarf teamed with a matching sequin top styled under a brown cropped leather jacket was equally as baffling but it wasn't too bad. The bright colour dresses that appeared towards the end of the collection that came printed with soft pleating and others with knot details around the neckline were chic and effortless but in a playful way and the mesh overlay details along the bottom of dresses added a different spin on the brand's otherwise classic aesthetic.
Veronica Etro went in a different direction this season at Etro. The silhouettes were clean and simplified but in a good way. Like Frida Giannini, the collection was all about the 1920's and the synonymous drop waist style that was all the range at the time but combined with a new print, it felt fresh and modern. The collection reflected the frivolity and optimism of the pre-Depression era with the stencilled florals and sorbet coloured prints that moved away from the house's signature paisleys. Geometric art deco shapes made silk blouses and dresses look interesting and also added something special to boxy bags.
Despite the current optimistic feeling this season, the precarious nature of the economic situation is an ongoing reality and as has been pointed on numerous occasions, customers are increasingly becoming demanding from luxury brands and Etro definitely rose to the challenge this season by covering all basis. The printed blouses and skirts that hung just above the knee would be as appropriate in the office as they would at an evening event and the bright pieces that dominated the collection felt special and worth the hefty price tag.
Despite Milan Fashion Week being in full swing, yesterday evening wasn't about clothes as Milan hosted the third annual amfAR Milano event. This years's chairs include models Eva Herzigova, Heidi Klum and Bar Refaeli and guests included Chanel Iman, John Legend, Roberto Cavalli and Giovanna Battaglia.
What's your favourite red carpet look?