The outdoors were brought indoors with Tomas Maier’s version of a Bottega Veneta collection. Italian houses aside, this is one designer that likes to bring his personal life into his creations, thus making the Bottega Veneta spring/summer 2016 collection shown but a few hours back on the Milan Fashion Week runway a rather interesting combination of his love for the outdoors and his love for fashion. The collection caters to the woman who works, probably in her earlier years of maturity, where she has the energy and the drive to bring things to life. The women he portrayed on the catwalk were of a wholly different breed than that we are normally used to. This includes a wilder personality and a more eclectic soul, really going against the more polished looks we would have expected. We love it though, from the army colored track suit with the turquoise flat shoes to the intriguing red patchwork on the vinyl dress with the open sandals that brings African lifestyles to mind.
The outdoors were brought indoors all right and that meant a whole lot of animal prints as well. Leopard jackets and leather lined leopard skirts, leopard dresses and leopard clogs are all part of the whole hunting leopards experiment, though we hope he isn’t actually going out to hunt the gorgeous wildcats when left without work to do. Leisure time should not mean hunting time, unless it is non-endangered animals out of breeding season.
The accessories were interesting as well, with the whole hints of Italian woodwork and skin rope trims. Those leopard print clogs are pretty awesome, while we cannot help but notice that this is pretty much where the splashes of color come in. Flats in hot pink, alligator skin handbags in pretty lilac; it is the shoes and the bags that really bring life to the Bottega Veneta spring 2016 collection, with the reds and the blues and the pinks and the purples.
We see things like knitted stripes, rivets and seriously well-done stitching, spider web crochets and a whole lot of texture to work with. It is clear that Maier had loads of fun on this collection and those of us who had missed the whole safari theme can enjoy it to the fullest now. We have everything from blouses to dresses to micro shorts in the army prints, the whole military appeal looking even better when paired with leopard print clogs. “It’s all about the materials and what you can do with them. This is for the individual, the eccentric, the exceptional,” stated the creative director. And sure enough, that is exactly what we see when we look at the different outfits that appear on the runway. While it is not chic or sophisticated, it is very much designed for comfort and to add to one’s confidence in her own appeal. After all, a focus on femininity doesn’t always mean a woman will be feeling comfortable in her own skin. The Veneta collection takes care of that problem, ensuring she looks amazing, is totally modern and can be sporty as well.
Photos courtesy of Vogue