Acidic Colour and Mod Tailoring at Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta’s Spring 2012 menswear show fused riotous tie-dye colour with Mod tailoring and country plaid. Tomas Maier, Bottega’s German head designer, conceived a heady mix of influences, prints and fabrics for the Italian label’s show, which featured block-coloured suits with tie-dye shirts, matching coated denim separates, and retro shirts and knitwear. The multi-faceted aesthetic included design details such as Eastern-inspired funnel collars, exposed zips, short-sleeved shirts, and triangle-necked houndstooth knitwear.
There was a 1960s utilitarian feel to the khaki and sand-coloured matching separates and motorcycle jackets in denim and leather, while the colourful suits with contrasting waistbands provided the bold finale looks. One of the key detail trends seen at the women’s ready-to-wear shows in February – holding bags as clutches – was also seen at the men’s show, with large leather holdalls with exposed stitching being held under the arm at the hip.