A story of Bottega Veneta

31/08/2011

via fashioned by love | Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2011
Once upon a time, in 1966, 45 years ago, a new atelier opened in Vicenza, in the Veneto region of Italy. Its owners, Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro, founded the brand to produce premier leather goods to satisfy demanding taste of Italian ladies and gentlemen whose genetic love for beauty and craftsmanship was running in their veins together with a need for understated luxury that required no logos to be truly appreciated.

via fashioned by love | history of bottega veneta
The unmistakable sign of Bottega was not only in the quality, but in the way their products were made. The Intrecciato weave was born when the company’s artisans had to cut buttery soft superfine glove leather into strips to get it through sewing machines originally designed to stich fabric. The new technique made the leather more durable for accessories and distinctive crosshatched pattern became a signature mark of Bottega Veneta.

Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2006
As the time went by the reputation of “Venetian Atelier” and its super-soft, sensuous, handcrafted handbags continued to grow. The brand was becoming one of the most refined and respected fashion houses in Italy. In the 1970s, the new motto “When your own initials are enough” increased the popularity and sales even more.

Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2004 campaign (photography: Robin Broadbent)
Bottega Veneta was now loved around the world and found its fans among Studio 54 crowd including Andy Warhol who later made a short movie about the brand.

Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2011
Things, however, started to change when Renzo Zengiaro decided to leave Bottega Veneta followed by Taddei a few years later. Some say, the departure was caused by commercial pressures to change company’s aesthetics and turn it into yet another logo-driven brand. And so the abandoned house found its new owners in Vittorio and Laura Moltedo who chose to forget about the essence of Bottega and venture into the new trendy industry where products made of nylon were enough to keep new customers happy. Sadly, it didn’t take long for Bottega Veneta to dissolve into brash and loud mass of logo-overloaded brands, its fortunes declined and the company was close to bankruptcy by the end of the 20th century.

Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2006
It would have been a sad story with a very tearful ending, but one day (and what a fine day it was) a Fairy Godmother appeared from nowhere bearing good news and hopes. Actually, she didn’t look like a fairy at all, but more like Tom Ford, a creative director of Gucci Group who bought the company for $156 million in 2001. The era of quiet luxury was returning.

via fashioned by love | Tomas Maier & Julia Stegner in Elle US December 2011 (photography: Mona Kuhn, styling: Kate Lanphear)
The newly appointed Tomas Maier joined the company in June that same year. He was a perfect choice for Bottega Veneta. Trained at the institutional Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, the designer has already established himself by working with Sonia Rykiel, Revillon, Hermès other well-regarded fashion houses as well as creating his own brand. In nine years Maier increased Bottega Veneta’s sales by eight hundred per cent and created a beautiful future for the brand starting from a ready-to-wear lines for women and men that were launched in 2002, jewellery collection -  in 2004, furniture and home accessories – in 2006 and perfume – in 2011.

Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2004 campaign (photography: Robin Broadbent)
And so the story continued… making an unforgettable history of timeless style and impeccable taste that never go out of fashion because Bottega Veneta is so much more than that.

Photo sources: Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2007, Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2006, Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2004 campaign (photography: Robin Broadbent), Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2009, Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2011, Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2006, Tomas Maier & Julia Stegner in Elle US December 2011 (photography: Mona Kuhn, styling: Kate Lanphear), Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2004 campaign (photography: Robin Broadbent)

Stylish quote

via fashioned by love | Anya Kazakova photographed by Nan Goldin for Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2010 campaign
"Fashion is a reflection of our time and many times and indicator of human sensibility."

Tomas Maier

Photo source: Anya Kazakova photographed by Nan Goldin for Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2010 campaign

Bottega Veneta: fragrant début

30/08/2011

via fashioned by love | Nine d'Urso in Bottega Veneta perfume campaign photographed by Bruce Weber
This year Bottega Veneta launched their first perfume. The fragrance that represents “invisible, private luxury” was inspired by the Veneto region of Italy with “rolling green hills and an old house with its old wood floors, library walls and leather-bound books, with the windows open wide, the breeze coming in and cut grass, hay, moss, garden flowers, growing through the room and everything mixing up”.

A precious elixir containing the notes of bergamot, jasmine, oak moss, patchouli and Brazilian pink pepper was created by Michel Almairac and then poured into limited edition Murano glass bottles decorated with a small metal brunito cap and a leather ribbon clipped with a butterfly stamp.

via fashioned by love | Nine d'Urso in Bottega Veneta perfume campaign photographed by Bruce Weber
The decadent campaign featuring gorgeous Nine d’Urso, daughter of Inès de la Fressange included a photo advert and a short movie directed by Tomas Maier and created by Bruce Weber whose work “conveys a mix of spontaneity, sensuality, confidence, and timelessness” according to Maier.

He also explained his choice of the model for the campaign saying that “there is something classically elegant about her, yet she is totally modern. She conveys a sense of heritage worn lightly but with respect.”



Photo sources: Nine d'Urso in Bottega Veneta perfume campaign photographed by Bruce Weber

Bottega Veneta: my favourite campaigns

29/08/2011

via fashioned by love | Emma Maclaren photographed by Larry Sultan for Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2009 campaign
I have a very special relationship with Bottega Veneta. It began in 2004 with a campaign featuring some incredibly beautiful bags and shoes. In just one word it gracefully whispered “luxury”. In a classy way, sotto vocce, as if caressing your ear with a velvety warm air.

via fashioned by love | Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2004 by Robin Broadbent
via fashioned by love | Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2004 by Robin Broadbent
The clothes themselves, however, weren’t really me (although I wouldn’t say no to some of them now!) and so I just continued dreaming of the woven bags and lady-like heels.

Inguna Butane photographed by Lord Snowdown for Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2006 campaign
Inguna Butane photographed by Lord Snowdown for Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2006 campaign
Things, however, changed in 2006, when Bianca Balti appeared on a runaway in a gorgeous chocolate brown leather jacket. A few dresses, skirts and shorts later I was deeply in love with Bottega.

via fashioned by love | Inguna Butane photographed by Tina Barney for Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2007 campaign
In all honesty, the 2006-2009 collections are still my absolute favourite, which is definitely reflected in my choice of Bottega Veneta campaigns (plus the fact that I adore gorgeous Inguna Butane). I wish I could have the dresses from spring 2007, I want them so badly it almost hurts sometimes.

via fashioned by love | Alyona Asmatova & Thibaul Oberlin photographed by Sam Taylor for Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2008
I am very lucky for having been given a chance to have a few Bottega Veneta pieces and I can’t be grateful enough for it. 

And now, as you might have guessed, it’s time for yet another Fashioned by Love fashion week.

Photo source: Emma Maclaren photographed by Larry Sultan for Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2009 campaign, Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2004 by Robin Broadbent, Inguna Butane photographed by Lord Snowdown for Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2006 campaign, Inguna Butane photographed by Tina Barney for Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2007 campaign, Alyona Asmatova & Thibaul Oberlin photographed by Sam Taylor for Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2008

Natalia Vodianova in Love

26/08/2011

via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing vintage Gucci in The Craft | Love #6 2011 (photography: Alasdair Mclellan, styling: Katie Grand)
Second editorial featuring Natalia this week, but I just had to post it. This time it’s The Craft of Seduction, a story from Love magazine photographed by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Katie Grand. Here Natalia Vodianova is wearing unique pieces borrowed from Gucci’s archives to celebrate the company’s 90s Anniversary. I love Love for the unique experience and gorgeous imagery.

via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing vintage Gucci in The Craft | Love #6 2011 (photography: Alasdair Mclellan, styling: Katie Grand)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing vintage Gucci in The Craft | Love #6 2011 (photography: Alasdair Mclellan, styling: Katie Grand)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing vintage Gucci in The Craft | Love #6 2011 (photography: Alasdair Mclellan, styling: Katie Grand)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing vintage Gucci in The Craft | Love #6 2011 (photography: Alasdair Mclellan, styling: Katie Grand)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing vintage Gucci in The Craft | Love #6 2011 (photography: Alasdair Mclellan, styling: Katie Grand)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing vintage Gucci in The Craft | Love #6 2011 (photography: Alasdair Mclellan, styling: Katie Grand)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova wearing vintage Gucci in The Craft | Love #6 2011 (photography: Alasdair Mclellan, styling: Katie Grand)
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova wearing vintage Gucci in The Craft of seduction | Love #6 2011 (photography: Alasdair Mclellan, styling: Katie Grand)

To have and to hold

25/08/2011

via fashioned by love | prada fall/winter 2011
I have a pet bag, the little Ledbury baby as I call it. It’s small, soft and beautiful. It’s cuddly. I will probably sound totally insane, but I find it somewhat soothing to touch and hug “her”. It’s like a comfort blanket. It’s velvety suede interior also holds beautiful memories about our trips to Paris, Bruges and all over England. I love this baby and was very excited to spot a new style of carrying a handbag that suddenly made me see my little treasure in a completely new light. The bag can now be truly cuddled and carried around in my arms – a style that looks so wonderfully effortless and chic! 

And it doesn’t just apply to lady-like handbags – you can use your favourite tote bag by folding it in half or use a larger handbag as long as its shape makes it comfortable enough for you to hold it. I wouldn’t probably clutch mine à la Prada, otherwise I’d most likely lose some of my precious possessions, so I’m taking inspirations from the likes of Miu Miu, Celine, Dries and Victoria Beckham.
via fashioned by love | 3.1. Phillip Lim fall/winter 2011
via fashioned by love | Valentino fall/winter 2011
via fashioned by love | Nanette Lepore fall/winter 2011
via fashioned by love | Laura Biagiotti fall/winter 2011
via fashioned by love |Stephen Burrowsfall/winter 2011
via fashioned by love | Elie Tahari fall/winter 2011
via fashioned by love | Louis Viutton fall/winter 2011
via fashioned by love | Dries van Noten fall/winter 2011
via fashioned by love | Celine fall/winter 2011
via fashioned by love | Brioni fall/winter 2011
via fashioned by love | Sportmax fall/winter 2011
What do you think about this trend? How do/will you carry you favourite bag?

Photo source: Fall/Winter 2011 runway inspiration at Prada, 3.1. Phillip Lim, Valentino, Nanette Lepore, Laura Biagiotti, Stephen Burrows, Elie Tahari, Louis Vuitton, Dries van Noten, Celine, Brioni, Sportmax via style.com & stylebistro.com

Stylish quote

24/08/2011

via fashioned by love | Guzi Duran in Modern classics | Elle US August 2003 (photography: Gilles Bensimon)
"It's not the money that makes you well-dressed, it's understanding."

Christian Dior

Photo source: Guzi Duran in Modern classics | Elle US August 2003 (photography: Gilles Bensimon)

Saskia de Brauw in Chanel Cruise 2012

23/08/2011

Saskia de Brauw photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Cruise 2012 campaign
A beautiful look book shot by Karl Lagerfeld to follow an unforgettable collection and a very stylish movie. I fall in love with the black and white photography all over again – in such a classy way the lack of colour lets us focus our attention on clothes, lines and each and every detail, from pleats and buttons to delicate embroidery and gorgeous jewellery. So very classy, elegant and truly Chanel.

Saskia de Brauw photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Cruise 2012 campaign
Saskia de Brauw photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Cruise 2012 campaign
Saskia de Brauw photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Cruise 2012 campaign
Saskia de Brauw photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Cruise 2012 campaign

Photo source: Saskia de Brauw photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Cruise 2012 campaign / look book via fashionising.com

Natalia Vodianova in Marie Claire 2001

22/08/2011

via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Baby Doll | Marie Claire France September 2001 (photography: Jacques Olivar)
Simple, natural and flawless, the Baby Doll editorial was shot by Jacques Olivar for Marie Claire France in 2001. Reminds me of Roversi’s photography with the intensity factor turned down creating softer images - less soul-burning, but equally stunning.

via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Baby Doll | Marie Claire France September 2001 (photography: Jacques Olivar)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Baby Doll | Marie Claire France September 2001 (photography: Jacques Olivar)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Baby Doll | Marie Claire France September 2001 (photography: Jacques Olivar)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Baby Doll | Marie Claire France September 2001 (photography: Jacques Olivar)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Baby Doll | Marie Claire France September 2001 (photography: Jacques Olivar)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Baby Doll | Marie Claire France September 2001 (photography: Jacques Olivar)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Baby Doll | Marie Claire France September 2001 (photography: Jacques Olivar)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Baby Doll | Marie Claire France September 2001 (photography: Jacques Olivar)
via fashioned by love | Natalia Vodianova in Baby Doll | Marie Claire France September 2001 (photography: Jacques Olivar)
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Baby Doll | Marie Claire France September 2001 (photography: Jacques Olivar)