I just can’t decide what’s more enticing about Monica Botkier’s latest Spring collection: her playfully chic bags or the fact that she shot the coolly alluring advertising campaign herself?! Yes, Monica is a woman of many aesthetic talents, and she was a successful fashion photographer before her bag line became one of the best accessible labels around.
This season, she has managed to make girlish spring hues look perfectly grown-up, for the mix of whimsy and sophistication we all crave come the warm season. Clean and elegant silhouettes serve as the lovely base for frisky color schemes.
Botkier’s play on colorblocking, like a royal blue tab on a bright jade day bag or the contrasting trim on an oversized clutch, even feels fresh. Monica is not afraid of mixing it up, and the confidence shows. But it’s the dusty lavenders, powdery pinks, and soft eggplants that appeal to me most. Softness of hue is an ideal counterpart to bold contrasting skins, leathers embossed in snake and lizard, for a modern take on classic pastels. Flirty and self-assured, Botkier’s bags are like the cool, natural girl in the room who everyone wants to be.