A common laundry accident — specifically when that baby blue shirt gets mixed into a wash of whites — provided the starting point for Tomas Maier’s strong Bottega Veneta resort lineup. “When it comes out with a bleached spot, it looks good and is kind of pretty,” the designer said.

Without actually bleaching the garments (to avoid toxins), Maier worked the effect with a corrosion technique, often overprinting them to enhance the result on fabrics like cotton poplin and crepe sable. Many of the patterns looked organic with spots and blotches, while others were manipulated into floral motifs, such as on a pastel blue shirt. For evening, the treatment was used on several beautiful black sleeveless maxidresses featuring painterly blush touches.

The accessories also played into the theme: bags were artfully sliced with the house’s signature intrecciato for a delightful look that appeared as if they, too, were caught in the wrong cycle.

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