For Fall-Winter 2015/2016, Bottega Veneta presents a men’s collection inspired by the creative life. Put together in unexpected and at times nonchalant combinations, the looks reveal the beauty of individualistic dressing.
The palette is dominated by dark shades, including dark sergeant, kelly green, dark and atlantic blue, various hues of dark grey and russet red. These colors, as if by accident, are offset by camel, luteous yellow, persimmon orange, byzantine purple and mallow pink.
Materials are luxurious and wide-ranging, reflecting the collection’s essential eclecticism. There is shearling, suede, calf and lambskin, as well as double faced wool and cashmere, and washed wool gabardine. Patterned woolens are custom made in the form of various checks, including gingham and herringbone. There is also double-knit, velvet and spongy fleece, puzzled and intarsia knits, and heavy cottons such as corduroy and moleskin. At times the material is intriguingly faded, splattered, frosted, mended or over-dyed.
The bags focus on overnight bags such as the Cabat, rendered this season in graffiti washed vintage leather, and two new designs: the Monaco bag, in crocodile or nappa leather and the Tour bag, in ostrich or vintage leather. On the more casual side, there are soft backpacks in ostrich or deerskin leather. Shoes focus on brogues and Chelsea boots in geometric puzzled and colorful patterns.
“This is not about meticulous dressing, everything matching or looking brand-new,” says Creative Director Tomas Maier. “Beautifully made clothes that have lived a life and convey a sense of personal history and non-conformism – this is what has always appealed to me.”