Mens Bottega Veneta Fall 2012:
Milan has been pumping out some hot menswear for Fall 2012 but the Bottega Veneta collection has stolen the show and has thrown menswear into a new era.
From the first look out the gate with a fitted blazer with circular patch-like designs in different colors, critics knew that this was going to be a special line. The steadily growing brand used a medley of fabrics ranging from thick leathers, structured wools, and pops of vinyl and patent leather for a difference of texture.
The line was much darker than it has been in the past, which is already a trend in menswear for this upcoming Fall 2012, and though the borderline gothic looks were presented in a more tradition sense, it did resemble the feeling from Gareth Pugh’s last menswear collection. The very fitted looks with high cut armholes and slim legs worked well with the severely structured looks and stiffer fabric choices.
For a Ready-to-wear show there was a surprising amount of denim in this collection. The casual feeling of the denim pant which was occasionally replaced with a leather pant in black or indigo, brought about a casual elegance to the overall story while never straying too far from the traditional conservative nature of Bottega Veneta and continued to adhered to convention.
A huge trend that has taken shape through menswear for Fall 2012 is the use of leather. Leather pants, vests, shirts, ties, jackets, and accents are massive. An all leather look will be what the sartorial street style snappers will be shooting come August/September 2012.
Thomas Maier didn’t stop at amazing he had a few more tricks up his sleeve that made the collection come to life. For example the tips of the collars on some of the dress shirts were adorned with a contrasting point. At times the ties were sparkling with a lustrous finish fit for the glitterati. Another precarious detail that Maier added to his line was the use of leathers on shoes in bright blue, and at times black with a hint of green or purple. Though expensive, this fabulous footwear will be a hot commodity next Fall.