Milan Fashion Week SS16: Bottega Veneta

Milan Fashion Week SS16: Bottega Veneta

Wild thing

Text: Norman Tan

Tomas Maier takes a walk on the wild side with a pastiche of animal prints, floral camouflage, and mesh appliqué

Set design: The Bottega Veneta spring/summer 2016 catwalk consisted of a broad chevron stripe — constructed from polished timber slats — that started from the backdrop and ran down the runway; it's pointed pattern ushering models urgently forward.

I spy: Tracksuits, shifts and zip-up blousons elevated with cheetah print; romper suits and A-line skirts emblazoned with floral camouflage (or, as previously coined by a colleague during the Gucci SS14 menswear show, 'camo-florage'); and sleeveless dresses appliquéd with rope and raw-cut mesh. 

Something you might have missed: Those high-platform clogs offered in cheetah, fur and studded leather. Wild.

Favourite look: While the mix-and-match of animal prints and 'camo-florage' on athletic separates imbued the earlier exits with energy, it was Maier's simpler pieces — a cream leather dress ruched with a drawstring at the neck (look 31) or the linen apron reimagined as a breezy shift and cinched at the waist with bleached rope (look 44) — that truly held court.

Try this now: Layering a cropped bomber jacket over a free-flowing dress (a la look 41) for a unique play on proportions.

To view the full collection, click on the gallery below.

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