MILAN--Bottega Veneta's Spring 2011 girl is a city girl. Models walked to the sounds of traffic--beeping horns, screeching breaks, and the whirring of rushing cars--and their hair was wet and a bit wavy, not because it was pouring outside, but, I'd like to imagine, because they'd just hopped out of the shower in a rush on their way out the door.
Tomas Maier understands that city girls need to be comfortable amidst the hustle and bustle. "We began designing this collection by thinking about the idea of ease," Maier said in a release. To that end he sent down a collection of comfortable dresses and separates in the stand-by colors of any urban dweller: black, white, and variations in between (described by the line sheet as "cream, hay, oak, titanium and blue-black"). Models were shod in, gasp, flat sandals. But the collection had attitude too, as any girl strutting the sidewalks should. Little black dresses had mesh inserts, a sleeveless jacket was done in black crocodile, and floor lengths t-shirt dresses with deep pockets were slouchy sexy. So when more voluminous pieces in a diamond print or dotted with feathers came into the mix, they looked out of place among the ultra cool basics.
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