Bottega Veneta S/S 2016

Bottega Veneta’s beach to bedroom romp

The one thing one always demands from any designer is that they advance the fashion vernacular, which is what Tomas Maier achieved in a nobly elegiac collection for Bottega Veneta.

Shiny surface tailoring meets Himalaya Bottega Veneta
Shiny surface tailoring meets Himalaya

A smart blend of pajama style jackets and parachute pants; a meeting of the earthy and the elegant, and most tellingly, a new way of dressing for the great outdoors.

“Back to nature,” smiled Tomas Maier, who has been enjoying a little gentle hiking himself of late. The designer owns a villa on North Haven, an idyllic island in Maine – also known, certamente, as the summer home of the Bush family.

Now that Maier spends more time in Maine then Florida, he likes a hike Bottega Veneta
Now that Maier spends more time in Maine then Florida, he likes a hike

Maier also conjured up some great new sandals, trimmed with colorful string piping, the same used in a rugged crew neck sweaters. However, one had to scratch one’s head and wonder what on earth were all the thick granny socks ruining the look of the footwear.

Gorgeous color palette of minerals Bottega Veneta
Gorgeous color palette of minerals

That said this collection was a sporty triumph. A master of muted colors, Maier’s thick stripe cupro blazers, un-buttoned jodhpurs and leisure pants done in a patchwork grandfather shirt stripes all had great charm.  His color palette of birch, russet, driftwood and toffee seemed very fresh too, made better by being a little battered.

Best sandals in Milan but maybe without socks Bottega Veneta
Best sandals in Milan but maybe without socks

“It always has to be a little lived in,” winked a tanned Maier, with a twinkle in his eye.

Staged on a wooden parquet floor, on a cast whose heads were topped by Hui-style knitted hats, a witty mountainous reference. And where is more outdoors than the Himalaya.