There are brands that pop into my head when "fun" comes into mind, but usually Bottega Veneta isn't one of them. That's no shade on Tomas Maier and his crew, of course; rather, the company's aesthetic has long been more careful and contemplative, with wearable clothes and bags for very fancy and deeply sophisticated people. It's hard to maintain that elegance and also have some fun, but that's exactly what Bottega Veneta tried with its Spring 2018 collection, and things worked out beautifully. Now, the brand is back with a Pre-Fall 2018 collection that Maier says will bridge the spring looks to what Bottega has coming for fall.
The collection does seem very much related to that which came before it, especially in the use of color, patterns and embellishment. The bags are still unmistakably Bottega Veneta, of course, with plenty of signature intrecciato leather and careful incorporation of exotics. There are no big bag shape debuts in this run; instead, it's full of well-loved BV classics. Check out all the bags from the lookbook below.
[Photos via Vogue Runway]