Bottega Veneta's SS16 Eyewear oozes Understated Elegance

The new Bottega Veneta eyewear collection for women and men blends form and function with a range spanning from new variations on the house’s iconic themes to distinctive seasonal runway looks. Driven by the vision of Creative Director Tomas Maier, the eyewear collection constantly evolves by highlighting Bottega Veneta’s unique aesthetic, which is infused in the maison’s long lasting tradition and understated elegance, distinguished by its signature intrecciato weave.

At the forefront for spring are the Cylindrical Intrecciato and Micro Intrecciato collections. The first theme highlights light and resistant cat–eye shapes in metal and acetate, distinguished by a cylindrical woven monel detail that extends along the front or, in a more minimal version, just a gleaming hint on the side of the frames. Ultra-feminine and precious, the Micro Intrecciato collection displays a daring personality with cat-eye acetate sunglasses defined by two-toned combinations that enhance the hot-printed woven calfskin insert on the arm and the hand-set semi spherical metal rivets. The timelessness of the slim rectangular optical frames, instead, is spruced up with the Micro Intrecciato leather insert on the arm while the unisex premium titanium aviators standout thanks to the same Micro Intrecciato motif finely- etched on the leather blinders.

The Conic Titanium range expresses a savoir-faire and modern elegance that transcends time. The hand-polished acetate is matched to the conic titanium temple for a look that is minimal yet sophisticated. Straight off the Spring Summer 2016 men’s show, the unisex Raymond wayfarer tributes the sleek, minimal and functional aesthetic of industrial designer Raymond Loewy.

The overall palette in matte or semi-matte finishes features an array of muted shades - dark espresso, navy and Atlantic blue, havana and Tuscan brown, honey and light gray, alongside sparks of red and flashes of burnished metals. Skillfully hand-crafted in Italy and Japan by seasoned artisans using erstwhile labor-intensive methods and the finest materials such as premium acetate and Japanese titanium, each pair provides a cutting-edge aesthetic hinged on comfort and durability. All the models feature an exclusive selection of superior lenses and laser-engraved Intrecciato patterns on the nose pads.

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