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Sharp Contrast

The crisp efficiency and clean lines of midcentury America have provided endless inspiration to menswear designers in recent years.

Medium gray painted light worsted wool jacket, $2,750, light worsted wool pants, $930, Bianco painted light cotton shirt, $650, white-and-black silk tie, $270, silver tie clip, $300, belt, $510, Nero Intrecciato Madras Heritage briefcase, $2,520, and Nero Stuoia Smooth Chevre lace-up shoes, $1,150, all at Bottega Veneta, Bal Harbour Shops.

But today, the ultimate question is how to make the clothes emphasize modernity. Tomas Maier has answered with a precise spring/summer collection for Bottega Veneta, exploring the effects of visual contradiction. “The collection is more about contrast than anything else,” says Maier. This becomes apparent in graphic details like milky painted trim on a charcoal wool jacket or sketched black outlines on papyrus-white shirts and ties—bold punctuation on otherwise down-to-business materials.