• Text Clementine Zawadzki
  • 23rd June 2015

Class time

The everyday artisan, Bottega Veneta’s SS16 menswear oozed sophistication in the most adventurous way. Relaxed fits, outfits were unassuming, and perfectly tuned to outdoor escapes where the drinks are cool and the engine’s ready to go. The runaway shaped by angular, lightweight planks of pinewood, the only direction was forwards. Rustic and rugged, and more for the mountaineer than the beach-dweller, hiking boots with yellow laces outfitted silk ensembles in burgundy, blue and green tones. Corduroy collars and Jodhpur styled trousers with textural patchwork detail and cross strap sandals worn with thick, woven knit socks, are some examples of how creative director Tomas Maier, pushed the capabilities of retro-wear into the modern spectrum.

A light setting and back-to-nature aesthetic worked well as a framework for presenting a collection rich in darker hues and layered articles of clothing. Quilted, hooded jackets, crew neck sweaters, and sleeves adorned with pockets, compression straps and clever paneling were aplenty, but single-breasted silk blazers in vivacious colours stole the show. No stone left unturned (and no pun intended) Bottega Veneta’s SS16 drew inspiration from the elements in vertical patterns and earthy tones, but the flashes of colour noted in the FW15 line still made an appearance. Suitable for a retreat, there was a sense of comfort and ease, with trousers slightly slouching at the ankle, but a hint of colour, or jumper worn with a silk tie, proved that no matter how content, the air of class is never too far away.