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Bottega Veneta

Autumn 12

This was a collection of dresses, strong, chic dresses. From the almost severe nipped in, minimal dresses, often only adorned with simple statement brooches, to the arresting dramatic gowns of the finale, the breadth of options made for an impressive overall effect. Subtly pumped out hips enhanced the gentle hourglass silhouette whether applied to long coat dresses or shifts, and where creative director Tomas Maier employed decoration, he used sparkly embellishment, bold print or abstract patterns to further highlight the shapely curves. But it wasn’t just a dress-fest – his buttoned-up suits, neat pencil skirts, peplum blouses and nearly-to-the-knee boots were all nicely done but ultimately played second fiddle. Plum, rust and velvet brought warmth and texture to the neutral palette but it was the red carpet-ready gowns that stuck in the mind.

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