Bottega Veneta’s Epic Mash-Up – Spring/Summer 2012
June 20, 2011 Leave a comment
Tomas Maier had more mash-ups in store for Bottega’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection than Robin Skouteris’ latest mix album. Denim and leather fused together delectably like the chocolate and peanut butter in a Reese’s Cup. It didn’t end there. The mash-up mayhem also included Neapolitan three-flavoured ice-cream coloured bags, Fidel Castro X Mao Tse-Tung Cubano-Chinese communist shirts and jackets, and Italian trousers and dress shirts treated in American hippie tie-dye. What drugs was this dude on?
The Creative Director explained the diversity of the collection as an influence of the Arab democratic uprisings. There wasn’t anything Middle Eastern that I could make out, but perhaps he was talking in the metaphorical sense of Arab culture meeting Western culture? The ultimate mash-up.
The acid trip continued with loud check suits clashing against more practical grey two and three-buttoned ones. Brilliant summer Creamsicle suits in lime green, electric blueberry, and white coconut – a pleasant jolt of seasonal colour. Highlights of the collection? The denim-leather S&M gear, Creamsicle suits, Neopolitan ice cream bags, and some funky geometric patterned sweaters all rocked. I’ll skip on the tie-dye.