Bottega Veneta Menswear Spring Summer 2015 Milan
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Bottega Veneta Menswear Spring Summer 2015 Milan

There were a lot of novelties at the Bottega Veneta show on Sunday morning. And the changes started well before the first model hit the runway.

Invites arrived to discover breakfast being served in an outdoor vegetable garden. Guests sipped coffee while running their hands over lavender bushes or stooped to admire an impressive tomato patch. Then once inside the venue, the tried and true catwalk space, which hasn’t changed a stitch since the brand started showing at the headquarters, was invaded by undulating walls, originally created for the Salone del Mobile, that intentionally blocked and isolated the seating sections.

This might not sound like earth shattering shifts. But in designer Tomas Maier’s hyper organized world it was fairly revolutionary. When the show did get underway there were changes to be enjoyed there as well. The rather cerebral designer loosed up his approach and gave this spring/summer 2015 collection a légèreté that was both youthful and sporty and yet still refined in the grand tradition of the brand’s fundamental codes.

There was something sun kissed and elegantly beachy about everything. They way the navy wool sweaters or cotton cardigans had a bleached by the sun look about them with their chunky buttons or raw yarn embellishments. How trousers came rolled up to the knee as if the temptation to stroll through the ocean waves on a lunch brake was too tempting to pass up. It was really this sense of ease in each and every look that made this collection so uniquely satisfying.

Shorts were cut wide and came with elastic or drawstring waists. Unlined pants were of the long john variety or crafted from bonded lamb silk or cotton. Feather light scoop neck tops and nylon or jersey jackets completed the looks. And the quirky addition of plastic toe cap covers to lace up shoes was such a whimsical touch it was hard to believe it was part of a Bottega Veneta show.

As the worlds of casual daywear and business tailoring continue to collide this collection proved that Maier is completely at ease in both realms.