Someone had to do pared-back minimalism during this (ongoing) economic downturn and it happened to be Tomas Maier at Bottega Veneta who did. Most of the collection was made up of no-fuss dresses albeit with plenty of volume and attention-to-detail (which created garments that looked like they had been sculpted from clay), while only a few lonely separates managed to make their way down the catwalk. However, just because there was a "no muss, no fuss" approach, didn't mean total luxury was forsaken: luxe fabrics and handcrafted leather reeked of extravagance, although Maier told Style.com backstage: "It's not a time to be ostentatious with clothes". Pumpkin orange, mustard, terracotta, grey and lemon made up the spring/summer '09 colour chart while the metallic signature woven bags were just as glam as ever.

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