A new era dawned at Bottega Veneta the day Daniel Lee took the reins from Tomas Maier, who served the Italian luxury house for 17 years. No one knew at the time how triumphant Lee’s assertion of a new identity would prove to be, but the trumpets sounded quickly.
His first collection for Pre-Fall 2019 debuted in December 2018 and featured so many highly coveted pieces that Bottega Veneta boutiques have had trouble keeping them in stock. We’re seeing these holy grail items everywhere: oversized clutches as soft and puffy as clouds, duck-bill shaped heels with delicate ankle chains, knits with criss-cross details recalling the house’s indomitable intrecciato signature weave.
“Spring 2020 evolves the codes we are building at Bottega Veneta. Our focus is on process and clarity, immediate and direct,” declared Lee, and the collection enforced his vision. It was a tightly edited show – no need to overstate the codes – comprised of utilitarian and sportif looks.
It was a lighter, flouncier version of what he showed for Fall/Winter 2019.
Glittering mesh dresses, leather walking shorts, polished trenches, shimmering disco minis, and knit accents that were loose and knotted around the body all moved really well when in motion. It was a lighter, flouncier version of what Lee showed for Fall/Winter 2019, and more refined in its sensibilities.
While ready-to-wear was the reason for the gathering, it was the accessories that everyone had their eyes on – massive intrecciato hobo bags, puffy woven sandals, and thick chain necklaces immediately won the fashion crowd’s seal of approval. Bottega Veneta will clearly have trouble keeping these SS20 items in stock as well.