It was back in June this year when we first heard of Daniel Lee’s appointment as the Bottega Veneta’s new creative director. The former director of ready-to-wear design at Céline evidently brought the same silhouette and style to Bottega Veneta and everyone, and we mean everyone, loves it — especially for those who are not quite a fan of the new Celine currently helmed by newly appointed Hedi Slimane. Some may even argue that the new Celine has somewhat become a replica of YSL, and the new Bottega Veneta is now the old Céline. Confused? Yes, so are we but that’s what the fashion world does to you.
British designer Daniel Lee, who succeeds Tomas Maier (the previous creative director at Bottega Veneta of 17 years), has just revealed his pre-fall 2019 collection in Milan after announcing that he will be skipping Spring/Summer 2019 shows in September. Within the collection are relaxing cutting on strong silhouettes, lots of flowy yet structured pieces and an excellent display of craftsmanship with the use of leather, wool and silk — descriptions we used to label Céline with when it was still under Phoebe Philo’s era but now with added Bottega Veneta’s signature flairs like the woven leather.
Feedback has been great and people are more accepting of this new direction that the Italian label is heading — luxury-looking wardrobe essentials that are timeless. We’re definitely looking forward to the Bottega Veneta next collection in February but here’s a laydown on Daniel Lee’s debut collection.