Snob Essentials

Bottega Veneta Fall 2011


While the ready-to-wear had a decidedly Sixties “Mad Men” aesthetic to it, Tomas Maier’s fall Bottega bags were noticeably sportier and more relaxed in their shapes, many of them elaborately hand-worked in construction. Adding variety to the mix was the use of innovative materials to further illuminate the eccentric effect, illustrated, for example, in a satchel made of acid-rinsed silk velvet, hand-painted python, and washed ostrich. Can we discuss how gorgeous the new Cabat tote is? It’s in a delicious shade of yellow complemented by double crocodile handles. Amazing! The bags are, in typical Bottega fashion, utilitarian without sacrificing any of the style quotients. A new shape on the runway was a rectangular day bag with double python straps and a center zip that, on the outside, looks fussier than the typical Bottega bag. For evening, aside from the iconic Knot clutches, Maier introduced a handheld that features a framed body and closure but that which boasts a leather façade that is seemingly “shredded” to look like leather feathers in bloom. Gorgeous.





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  1. In my eyes, BV can almost never do wrong. But I am not liking this shredded, fringed look to many of the bags. It looks like it would be dated very quickly and I would certainly tire of wearing them (and other of looking at them), which has never been an issue for my other BVs. That Cabat, though, needs to find its way into my closet!

  2. I hate to say, the first thing that came into my head when I saw that yellow fringy clutch is it looks like she is carrying a dead bird, sigh. Not a fan of that fringey feathery look in these bags