From suits to smart-casual, colours to plain, traditional to avant garde; luxury brand Bottega Veneta seem to have all bases covered with their new spring/summer 2012 men’s collection. The theme of the collection was surface and silhouette, providing ample ground for creativity and making for a highly interesting – if contrasting – assortment of clothing.
Many of the item’s surfaces have been extravagantly layered, with clashing geometric patterns and, in some cases, an eclectic fusion of different colours and materials. Creative Director Tomas Maier was determined to break some artistic barriers: “I’ve always liked the idea of a coverall or a jumpsuit, of a single piece of clothing that works for a man the way a dress does for a woman” he said. “But a tailored jumpsuit is impractical. So we started with the idea of an all-in-one and related it to the suit. It’s a different kind of suit, derived from thinking about dressing in a different way.”
Aside from the more wildly creative pieces, Bottega Veneta also includes some more traditional summer attire, with military-inspired khaki ensembles available both as formal wear and in a more casual format. The standard white-on-white summer suit is given a colourful touch in the form of a blue marbled shirt and statement green belt, while a bright turquoise jacket and trouser ensemble gives a more exotic summer edge. For those who like lightweight summer business attire to carry a little more gravitas, two darker suits are also included in this brilliant collection.