The idea of exploring the great outdoors proved to be the perfect starting point for creative director Tomas Maier to find the inspiration he needed for his Spring/Summer 16 collection for Bottega Veneta. "For me, being outside is the number one thing. The more I can get out of an urban environment, the better it gets. This collection started with the outdoors, hiking, sailing, big nature," he wrote in his show notes.  

And so they came, Bottega Veneta's chic set of stylishly sporty girls of the great outdoors. Creatively introducing functionality in the form of decorative details, hiking rope, clasps, drawstring pulls and grommets added interest to the collection, meanwhile eclecticism and freedom sat at the forefront of the lineup of individual, highly realised pieces. Dresses took the spotlight of this collection, resembling sails in crisp, voluminous silhouettes of cotton poplin decorated with the aforementioned ropes, drawstrings and woven details adding a fascinating finish.

"It's about materials and what you can do with them" stated the designer in the show notes. He continued, "We create all our own materials, so we can push ahead and do something different. This is for the individual, the eccentric, the exceptional." Crossing between the technical and the romantic, the fabrics and techniques were eccentrically mixed. Take a closer look at the collection in full via our gallery below...