Cool in the Shade

Colour-clash phobes and ocd dressers re­joice. Christophe Le­maire and Bot­tega Veneta say keep sporty tai­lor­ing sim­ple

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

Do you have a favourite colour? If not, get think­ing be­cause this sea­son de­mands strict tonal al­le­giance. Gone are the de­lib­er­a­tions over which colour jacket to pair with which jumper. Gone are the ag­o­nis­ing sweats over whether your loafers clash with your tie. The clean and dis­tilled ca­sual tai­lor­ing shapes of the Le­maire re­sort col­lec­tion seam­lessly fuse sports­wear with work­wear to cre­ate a won­der­fully wear­able melange of dou­blezipped bombers, half-sleeve suits and shirt-jacket hy­brids. Bot­tega Veneta, mean­while, has gone for ul­tra-mod­ern ca­sual tai­lor­ing, but what makes the two brands stand out is their in­sis­tance on sin­gle-shade en­sem­bles. Whether top-to-toe teal or all-over khaki, a my­opic ap­proach to colour pal­ettes is the plat du jour for spring 2016. Pick a colour, any colour, as long as it’s just the one. (Ad­den­dum: stick to muted tones to avoid look­ing like a Cluedo char­ac­ter.)

Odyssey, Clock­wise from above: Back­stage at Christophe Le­maire; shoe and bag by Gior­gio Ar­mani; sun­glasses and look by Bot­tega Veneta

The Karate Kid

2001: A Space

and hue are you?

TOKYO TO THE MOON AND BACK The ever-ad­ven­tur­ous Jonathan An­der­son has de­vel­oped a spacey, Ja­panese-in­flu­enced col­lec­tion for Loewe SS16. In­spired by the fas­ci­nat­ing moder­nity of a Ja­panese screen he found in an an­tique shop in Hong Kong, An­der­son has de­signed a range of clothes ex­plor­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween past and present through rein­ter­pret­ing the imag­i­nary world of a Ja­panese an­i­mated ac­tion char­ac­ter and trans­pos­ing it onto new, res­o­lutely cur­rent clothes. Loewe’s main­stay of leather goods are air­brushed with rock­ets and ray guns and worn with leather karate pants and match­ing shirts in­spired by Bruce Lee movies. The love child of and

this ga­lac­tic col­lec­tion is not for the faint of heart.

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