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