"Tomas Maier's exploration of male American archetypes has generated some mighty fine pieces of clothing in the eight years since he took the helm at Bottega Veneta, but he might have outdone himself for Spring 2010. The first hint was in the hairdos created for the show by star tonsorialist Guido Palau. It was a sticky-uppy, urgent look—hair for a young man in a hurry. And where might he be going? Well, a baseball jacket opened the show, then there was an army-ish group followed by tailored pieces in Chinese red and the pinks and oranges of a tropical sunset (also, exotic floral motifs and a blouson in red silk). Next came an extraordinary tie-dye moment, and, finally, denims paired with a midnight-blue tux jacket—quintessential all-American casual dressiness. The arc was unmistakably cinematic: young sporting star enlists, gets caught up in some Southeast Asian military adventure—with attendant psychedelic freak-out—and returns home as decorated hero. Okay, maybe I'm under the influence of the florid shade Maier labeled "fever red," and maybe what we saw really was a statement about mixing up formal and sporty with nary a care for rules (that would be the tailored jacket-and-sweatpants ensemble), but kudos to the designer for projecting such extraordinarily vivid images in his audience's mind, however delusional they/I might be."
Okay, that review is just a skosh too breathless for us to totally get behind, but we agree that this is a fantastic collection of stylish, wearable looks for the modern male. In fact, if we can continue the line of thought in Style's review, it appears to us that this collection takes a good look at all the archetypes of the modern man - from sports star, to businessman, to rock star, to lover - it's the grown up style equivalent of the little boy who can't decide if he wants to be an astronaut, a fireman, or President. From manly man to fop and everything in between, this collection isn't just for the modern man, it's about the modern man.
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