Bottega Veneta: Brilliant or Boring?

Bottega Veneta is not a house that you'd think of as inspiring heated opinions. Yesterday they showed a lot of beige, and perhaps beige is a good word
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Bottega Veneta is not a house that you'd think of as inspiring heated opinions. Yesterday they showed a lot of beige, and perhaps beige is a good word
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Bottega Veneta is not a house that you'd think of as inspiring heated opinions. Yesterday they showed a lot of beige, and perhaps beige is a good word to describe the collection. Like the color these were clothes that would work on everyone; light, simple, and summery. Some critics swooned. Sarah Mower wrote, "you'd need a heart of stone not to think, There goes something gorgeous." Even the cynical Jezebels were charmed, praising the "feminine and sleek styles meant for real women" and crowning it as editor Anna's favorite show so far. Robyn Givhan, however, had fighting words: "[I]f women wanted their wardrobe to go unnoticed, they would...go to Banana Republic... at Bottega Veneta...a woman...should get...more from her clothes." Cathy Horyn took a slightly more tactful approach, choosing to damn with faint praise by saying designer Tomas Maier plays it safe. The sharp difference in opinions over the collection underscores a major debate that comes around during show season: Where's the line between accessible and boring? Can a collection be great if it doesn't show us something new? Tell us what you think. --ANNA FIELDING GRIGGS