May 24, 2019

Bottega Veneta Collection 2019

22 February 2019, Milano, Italy:  Daniel Lee hosted his runway début at Bottega Veneta within a specially erected glass pavilion on Piazza Sempione. The décor was sleek and stark, benches covered in Bottega Veneta’s signature woven leather in brown and duck egg blue. The pent up longing is for the kind of sophisticated, effortless and glamorously minimalist wardrobe fused alongside the leather heritage and good taste of Bottega Veneta. 

Lee offered some of the garments essential to that wardrobe: a black coat evoking Bottega Veneta’s leather weave yet in cloth, a rigid and flared black tuxedo trouser with a ribbed panel down the side, and a long-sleeved knitted turtle-neck dress in charcoal with a cut-out and arched décolletage. It also appeared as an aubergine.

Elsewhere, the 32 year old Briton put his directional ambition in top gear. Knitted dresses were decorticated and interspliced, tailoring with fluid cut-outs lined in padded leather recalled retro futurism, and super sculpted blazers and coats with magnified and raised neck and shoulder lines felt decidedly made for fashionable people. 

On the menswear side, hacked-up black and navy roll-necks and cut-glass black tailoring and power coats that match the ideal dystopian science fiction style of Daniel Lee. The latter was exemplified in a wildly boxy, cape-sleeved, lapel-less black blazer worn bombastically over an all-leather motorcycle suit, the trouser tucked into an unyielding Storm Trooper leather boot. However the delicate elegance of a very contrasting transparent blouse worn under a delectably skinny black overcoat with matching black trousers and a black capitonnage leather derby trumped the quotidian elegance sought after by male wearers.  

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