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This season, Bottega Veneta took the audience into a beautiful secret garden, where everyone wears summery dresses, or blouse-and-skirt combinations, and trousers are a no-no. It all started so simply as blonde, rosy-cheeked model Maud Welzen walked out along the narrow catwalk in a prim 40s-style red dress, printed with blooms and clasped at the waist with a black butterfly belt (there were also butterflies on the tips of her toes). But as the show went on, contrasting florals were brought together in ever-more intricate mixes, sometimes separated by studded bands of snakeskin, as blossoms started appearing in gothic embroideries, and metallic appliques approaching chainmail, and intricate laser-cut-outs. At times it brought to mind ‘Game of Thrones;, at others William Morris wallpapers. The last looks out showed off an extraordinary modern print of scribbled-out roses – embellished with beading, unfinished at the rough-cut hems – and Karmen Pedaru closed the show looking like a 50′s New York artist’s painting of the opening dress.
Text: Dean Kissick
Photography: Mitchell Sams
See all of our SS13 womenswear coverage here.