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Bottega Veneta Menswear S/S 2009

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Bottega Veneta 

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta seems to exist in an alternate universe where everything is so much more sensible than it is in this dimension.  Pant legs are roomy enough to fit a thigh.  Body parts that are covered by the clothes include midriffs, armpits and butt cracks.  Luxe fabrics and exceptional tailoring reflect the price point of the collection.  Sportswear is sporty, day wear is casual and evening wear is dressy.  It’s a universe I’d like to visit.

I’m always amazed at the foolish impracticality of the menswear shows.  Fashion is different for men.  A good looking guy can get away with wearing thrift store jeans and a five-dollar cotton T-shirt.  Men don’t need to try so hard to look good; it’s just the way of the world.  Those who do try usually try too hard.  The designers who dress them often try too hard, too.

And when they’re not trying too hard, they aren’t trying enough.  They’ll send armies of models down the runway in clothing that is no different than most mass-produced trash, as if the tags sewn into the garments justify the cost.  Adding depth to the outfits means adding layers to the looks, as if piling on more clothes can be equated with having more style.  For those individuals who live in a world where everyone is judged by the labels they wear, I guess that’s a practical approach.  However, I don’t want to live in that universe.

I’ll just continue to visit this higher plane where Bottega Veneta is everything a luxury label should be.  If Tomas Maier makes lesser brands like Dsquared² appear as if they’re lacking in depth, it’s because they are lacking in depth.  Frankly, calling the Caten brothers’ designs “two-dimensional” is rather generous, anyway.  In the universe I’d like to live in, they wouldn’t even be called “designs.”

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June 23, 2008 at 5:39 pm

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