The collections begin with our perennial starting point: Colour, which draws from the Marble Room at Kedleston Hall, by British architect Robert Adam. The delicate rose of its walls, the ocean-blue in its frescoes and the rich array of swirling hues in its soaring Corinthian marble columns.
Unlike the previous seasons, SS18 had a new venue – Palazzo Archinto – that echoes the neoclassical style in a signature Italian way. “It’s very playful,” says creative director Tomas Maier. “It reflects the mood of the collection.”
As for the ready-to-wear, the simplicity is juxtaposed with exquisite embellishment, each one painstakingly placed by hand. These wardrobe essentials turn eccentric in colors like aqua, dahlia and chamomile, along with materials like antique satin, crisp cotton drill and pique, cashmere suede and anaconda.
The three styles—a Messenger, Tote and Cross-Body—have a signature soft construction, and are highly functional with multiple straps and pockets. The Knot family has been updated with 3-dimensional craftsmanship in bags such as the Wing-Tip City Knot, the Spheres Clutch Knot and the Komodo Knot. The Piazza is new in a multicolored Ayers patchwork.
And finally, this season, Bottega Veneta celebrates its iconic tagline “When Your Own Initials Are Enough” with an exceptional new personalization program. The bags are soft and weightless but roomy. “You can do everything with them,” says Mr. Maier. “Go to work, to the gym. This is your carry-on for the plane next to your roller.” Clever charms allow for yet more personality.