Late in 2011 I was pondering the editorial line that Fashionising.com should take when it approached the autumn / fall 2012 series of catwalks. For the past two seasons we’d been highlighting different designers’ obsessions with reviving past periods of fashion, and I questioned whether we should spend time seeking out the collections that offered up only a wholly fresh approach for the season.
It’s because of collections such as Bottega Veneta’s showing at Milan fashion week (MFW) that I decided it should be business as usual; that we should continue highlighting what was influential and what was better than good, irrespective of whether it was wholly new or influenced by the past.
Bottega Veneta’s fall 2012 collection highlights precisely how the fashion industry continues to move forwards despite accusations that its stagnating. Look over the collection and you’ll see it feels familiar, the cuts offer up nothing revolutionary. Yet the way the details and prints have been worked and applied does feel fresh. You’ve seen figure hugging dresses before, but never composed exactly as this.
Therein lies the gem of modern fashion. It’s often comprised of classic fashion made fresh. But the definition of classic fashion is all encompassing; from the Medieval period to the modern day, it’s possible for each of us to go out and invest in pieces that conform to the aesthetics we appreciate. From the past to the modernist, each of us is spoilt for choice – and that’s the way we like it.
You can see all of the Bottega Veneta autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree