Bottega Veneta F/W 2015

The Big Easy

It’s official – cool gents can start wearing sweatpants again. Especially, if they can afford to shop at Bottega Veneta.

The heart of a rather wonderful BV collection for fall were a series of combinations of loose fit jogging pants – named pull-on pants in the show notes – paired with refined double-breasted jackets in dark speckled linen, though of the chunkiest sort. Finished with a terry top and a silk stock the look was charmingly effortless.

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Maybe still has his Parisian color sense

A combination of dark pink pant, russet jackets, burnt orange top and Connemara marble green bag, it showed BV’s creative director Tomas Maier totally at ease with a rich color palette; whose choices even harked back to his early days as a young designer in Paris, hinting at the insouciance of St Germain.

Sweatpants never looked better
Sweatpants never looked better

Of course, today Tomas mostly lives in Miami and works in New York, and these clothes ideal home would be a mid-century modernist seaside villa.

When an easy look becomes high fashion
When an easy look becomes high fashion

Maier also sent out sleek suits cut with classy swagger, black Irish linen dusters, bright tweed Eisenhowers and eye-popping bright corduroy workers jackets and pants. It’s official – corduroy is a wardrobe this fall – and the brighter the better.

“It’s about creative men dressing. Not even really thinking what they are going to wear. Throwing things on in the morning. That’s what I find is real elegance,” opined Maier backstage, with the sleepy smile of a designer very much on top of his game.