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  • Bottega Veneta fall 2015 collection

  • Bottega Veneta fall 2015 collection

  • “Vega 200”, Victor Vasarely, 1968.

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Bottega Veneta’s adventures in Op-Art

Tomas Maier showed some days ago, during Milan Fashion Week, Bottega Veneta’s fall 2015 collection that was conceived as a celebration of “the beauty of individualistic dressing”. Maier left behind his last season’s ballet references, presenting an utterly graphic collection that paid homage to the optical illusions and geometric patterns of Op-Art. Inspired by French-Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely (1906-1997), famous for his colorful compositions that gave the impression of movement, fooling the eye of the viewer, Maier showed a series of polka doted dresses, blouses, trousers and coats in silk, Lurex or digitally printed wool that explored the “optical potential of the two-dimensional surface”, just like Vasarely’s work.

The arty influences were also present in a series of playful, brush-stroked ensembles that seemed as if they had escaped from an artist’s laboratory. A series of lacy dresses that were layered over vibrant prints and some 80’s inspired coats and blouses with exaggerated shoulders were also among the collection’s strongest points, along with the extensive presence of pants and tuxedo suits. “This is not about meticulous dressing, but taking a bit of a bolder approach when it comes to pattern and color,” Tomas Maier told Vogue, echoing the spirit of his risk-taking collection that reinvented Bottega Veneta’s essence by adding a touch of artful chaos and geometric rebelliousness.