I've always loved Bottega Veneta - not as a consumer, but a quiet admirer of beautiful things. I've loved the thought of something made by human hands, stitch by stitch, pleat by pleat: a process of instilling a garment or accessory with a stream of emotions. It fascinated me beyond belief.
The collections came next - captivating, they've had clean lines and soft geometry that always seemed easy enough to embrace and understand, and yet remained incredibly unique and full of secrets waiting to be revealed with the first touch, the actual physical encounter.
Take the Fall/Winter 2009 collection, one of my absolute favourite. It is the epitome of glamour, style and timeless allure that simply grabs you. A simple style lesson. Each look is so minimal (dress, boots, coat, bag, a touch of jewellery) and unfussy, but feels complete and... comfortable.
And then the mystery unfolds before our eyes.. It does require an explanation, but at the end, adds to the overwhelming feeling of fascination. The dresses and coats are, in fact, a combination of cleverly draped fabric squares, the materials used to make them are complex and luxurious - a white coat happens to be covered in a layer of draped organza, while a dress so delicate and pliable it looks like silk is leather...
This is one of those moments when I do believe that fashion is a form of wearable art. Shame it costs like it, too.
Photo source: Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2009 via style.com & stylebistro.com