Just as every well-dressed man knows that you can't get by without a great suit in your wardrobe, they also know that a great tracksuit, and particularly a versatile pair of jogging pants, is just as important. One may not think of the Bottega Veneta man as a casual dresser, but for this season Maier was forgoing a dress code. Indeed, this was the BV man caught unawares, popping to the shop for a pint of milk in his flannel, ribbed-cuff trackies, with an overcoat and beanie thrown on for speed.
Tomas Maier has been playing with the idea of tough times for a while. His A/W 13 collection from this time last year championed the worker bee - 'It is a serious moment, a time when work feels like a clear priority,' those old show notes informed us. For A/W 14 he update this vision by looking at the more hands-on toiler, hence that dip-dye effect on sweaters and the coloured edging on suits, which suggested that the wearers had worn the pieces while sweating it out with some painting or other manual labour. Even the clothes themselves worked hard. Coats came completely reversible, giving the wearer the option to flit between an print and a plain version for work and weekend, while this season's bag channelled the humble, useful cross-body satchel. Necessity and practicality aren't typically words one would associate with a luxury house, but the Bottega Veneta man has always had a penchant for reality - Maier's collection's rarely contain gimmicks. So while the shopper may not be convinced to tryout a suit-trouser-tracksuit combo - those ribbed-cuff, tapered pants with elastic waists also came in more formal suede and wool - he'll appreciate being offered a complete and versatile wardrobe that can provide for all aspects of his busy life.