For Spring-Summer 2015, Bottega Veneta presents a men’s collection of ease and grace. While the looks are utterly relaxed and unrestrictive, the luxurious materials and carefully considered silhouette give the collection its subtle formality.
The palette is centered on faded, sun-worn hues, including shades of blue and greens, as well as pale, mist, sand, banana and peachy pink flamingo; a deep navy blue often serves as counterpoint to the pale tones. In harmony with the faded palette, materials have a similarly washed-out appearance and hand. Ultra soft lambskin and beautifully weathered suede are prominently featured; cashmere knits (in both fine and heavy gauges), crinkled linen and linen-cotton are also important.
Overall the garments are unlined, very light and athletic in feel, as if to encourage full movement. Pants are either loose and billowy or cut gracefully close to the body. The tops are also either loose or fitted; to maintain proportions, a body-conscious top will be paired with oversized pants, and vice versa. Some of the jackets have the feel of a refined windbreaker, with pronounced volume in the upper arms. Innovative treatments of the materials including different smocking, stitching, washing and fading techniques serve the idea of embellishment, while lending the clothes the feeling of worn-in favorites.
Casually sophisticated accessories compliment the look. Bags in washed-out suede or canvas are utilitarian and versatile, including a backpack that easily converts to a soft shoulder or crossbody bag. At time bags feature details in crocodile, adding additional structure and refinement. Shoes are designed to compliment the easy, athletic feel of the clothes. There is a slip-on that hugs the foot with an elastic; an ultra lightweight suede lace-up that has the feel of a jazz shoe; and a more substantial lace-up shoe.