With the ongoing season of Fall ahead of us, and Winter on the precipice, Cruise collections are now commonplace with the amount of haute couture maisons showcasing their holiday collection for the world to see. So to stand up amongst the crowd, not just for your collection but for the way you draw in audiences to experience your collection, is what Bottega Veneta, one of Italy’s famous fashion houses, has managed to do.
Featuring a Cruise Collection that regales a story in three arcs, each facet of the collection brings on a whole new look from its predecessor, all of which are tied together by the exacting standard and the high quality one comes to expect from the maison. Allowing for the bleeding on of the 2018 Fall/Winter runway collection to influence the first few looks of the Cruise collection, the series starts off with rich colours that keep one looking warm yet sophisticated for the winter chill. From double-wool duffle coats, to lush mélange knits, patinaed shearlings and removable knitted hoods, comfort, cosiness and class are the mantras dictating the first arc of Bottega Veneta’s story.
The second arc of the Cruise collection unfolds with winter whites and desert hues, of which directly contrast with pastel pops of bubblegum pink and mint green making for an unexpected palette of colours. Bringing together the style of the working man with the renounced casualness of the man on the weekend, the functionality of the outerwear with removal sherling collars and a Steiff faux fur lining missed with subtly detailed hoodies, and t-shirts come together for a versatile look fit for any climate and ambiance, with an added pop-bright colour to liven the wardrobe up.
A muted yet whimsical look takes up the 3rd arc of the Cruise collection, with the entree to Spring focusing around discreet pointillist versions of classic menswear looks. Patterns and collages of textures are missed with butterfly-knits and mélange knits for a cohesive look that serves just enough muted eccentricity to be a show stopper.