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Bottega Veneta (Gucci Group)

Bottega Veneta (Gucci Group)

This article is from 2003

Bottega Veneta citrus-colored sandal trimmed with antique handblown glass beads.
Bottega Veneta citrus-colored sandal trimmed with antique handblown glass beads.

The bright, sand, and aquatic colors of the Adriatic Coast inspired Bottega‘s designers in their latest collections. The power of the tempting Adriatic waters can be seen throughout their latest offerings. Bottega designers have unearthed a treasure trove of antique hand blown glass beads. These were used to trim the bars of (limited-edition) high-heeled sandals, picking up the citrus and sky-blue or scarlet and gold tones of the brocades.

Bottega Veneta sandals trimmed with antique handblown glass beads.

Bottega Veneta is a leading Italian designer, producer and distributor of luxury leather goods, shoes and ready-to-wear. Bottega Veneta’s principal product lines include women’s handbags and sacks, of which the woven intrecciato is the most well-known. Bottega Veneta was purchased by the Gucci Group in 2001

“I was inspired by the Adriatic Coast,” said Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Meier of his luxurious collection, a mix of hand-painted, printed, and woven pieces in a palette of bright, sand, and aquatic colors.

The influence of those inviting Adriatic waters can be felt throughout. Perforated gold discs are scattered like water droplets on a suede pumpkin purse. Python is hand-painted in watercolor splashes of scarlet, lemon, and purple for a bag with the look of a Victorian guinea purse (cinched with a silver ring). Meier created a similar splash effect in the cotton and jersey prints used for a capacious beach bag, a bikini, and a puckered one-piece swimsuit with a forties flavor. And, in the most lavish variation of all, a lamé brocade looks as though it has been sprinkled with water or iridescent oils.

For spring (2003), Meier applied the company’s trademark weaving technique to strips of hand-painted leather, for a subtle ombré effect that shows up in a simple low-heeled mule and a purse with the easy feel of a straw bag picked up on an island holiday. Also simply chic is a high-heeled fifties stiletto in bone, sky, or biscuit alligator. Elsewhere the organic modernist forms of Jean Arp’s mid-century sculpture inspired a round-toe pump, overlaid with a fine cotton-tulle mesh.

While working in Venice on the new Bottega Veneta crystal tableware collection, Meier unearthed a treasure trove of antique handblown glass beads. These were used to trim the bars of (limited-edition) high-heeled sandals, picking up the citrus and sky-blue or scarlet and gold tones of the brocades. Bottega’s new jewelry, meanwhile, has a harder edge, as chunky bangles are woven with strips of leather or sterling silver. The designer also created a terry-cloth mule and a sheared-mink “toweling” robe—just the thing for those poolside movie-star moments.

Hamish Bowles