American Archetypes (Bottega Veneta)

Milan…With a foot in the U.S. much of the time, Tomas Maier decided to explore traditional notions of the American male in his S/S 10 collection. Varsity jackets made from baby-soft suede opened the show, along with classic pique polos modernized with subtle color-blocked details. A crowd favorite was a group of military-inspired looks done in a luxurious way that only Bottega Veneta could achieve. A classic army pant was paired with a wallpaper-printed blazer, while the same fabric in a bomber jacket contrasted nicely with a rolled chino and electric blue crocodile tote. The expected summer element of dip-dye continued on tri-colored cardigans with active shorts and no shoes (how relaxing!). A final group of “fever red” and fuschia suitings and knits looked like the perfect day’s sunset along the Ventura Highway; so seductive and awe-inspiring, just like Maier’s creations each and every season.


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