Bottega Veneta’s Epic Mash-Up – Spring/Summer 2012

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.

Bottega Veneta SS12


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