You may have noticed by now that everything has been wiped clean from Bottega Veneta’s official Instagram page recently – no it has not been hacked, but a new direction at the helm of its new creative director Daniel Lee.

Promising to start afresh, Lee asserts his own look to his debut collection at Milan Fashion Week with a point to prove. And much to everyone’s expectation, he delivers.

Lee who is in his early thirties has been tasked with redefining his own code of aesthetics for the Italian fashion house that already has its own reputable legacy and brand DNA. He has stamped his mark — not of one that stems from his Celine’s past — but one that encompasses utmost purity and forwardness.

The show opened with a black leather dress with an angular sweetheart neckline with the bare décolleté look anchoring the pieces. Lee explained that he adopted the style from Italian Renaissance paintings where women often expose skin above a low neckline, saying: “It’s a part of the body that women feel comfortable exposing, no matter what their age.”

There was power in the collection with pieces that suggested strength, confidence and a commanding presence. Crisp cuts, motocross leather trousers as well as quilted coats in dark tones and sporty black nylon made its way down the runway – almost intergalactic but not quite as otherworldly as Gucci’s.

The collection was accentuated with beautifully sculpted shoes, bags and accessories including the envelope clutch and the signature Intrecciato basket-woven leather totes. Splashes of aquamarine, red and pale lemon punctuated the palette of deep purple and black in forms of armour-like outerwear, sharp tailoring, trench coats, knitwear and wrap dresses. It was a softer approach to power dressing woven with an energetic silhouette. Here are our favourite looks and moments from the Bottega Veneta’s Fall 2019 collection.

 

Martin Teo
Editor
Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.