Milan Fashion Week: Bottega Veneta Spring 2012, Opened by Cora Emmanuel

Bottega Veneta is one of my favorite shows each season and for Spring 2012, I was surprised to find that the runway show was opened by a new model of color: Cora Emmanuel. The Martinique-born model is one of my new favorites, but she wasn’t the only model of color who walked in the show. The first six looks on the runway were worn by black models including Cora, Joan Smalls, Nyasha Matonhodze, Chanel Iman, Melodie Monrose and Jasmine Tookes.

Tomas Maier has a way of making looks totally effortless and simple, even though it is quite obvious that not just any woman can wear everything on the runway. I love the understated luxury of the pieces, balanced with their functionality and femininity. The first six looks were all shown in blue, really calling forth color for the season.

Some of my favorite looks were not typical Bottega Veneta: oversized blazers layered over sheer shirts, baggy patchwork jeans and long fringe scarves worn by Magdalena Langrova, Bette Franke and Caroline Brasch Nielsen . So urban chic and much more Paris or New York than Milan in my opinion. I love that these looks were paired with sky-high sandals and colorful clutches: the perfect juxtaposition of masculine and feminine, casual and refined.

Let’s not forget about the dresses which were perfect for the red carpet, special occasion and work as well including a leather blazer and dress combination on Chanel Iman, a shirtdress with leather detailing on Melodie Monrose, Jourdan Dunn’s black white and grey sheer gown and so much more.

Emma Watson and Julianne Moore are fans of the brand and they would look divine in the blue dresses in the collection.

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  1. Margaret

    Great photos, they really serve to illustrate your points well. It just goes to show that fashion is in the eye of the beholder. Whilst I liked certain aspects on the design, some I would not wear.

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