‘Bottega Veneta is, in essence, pragmatic because it is a leather goods company. Because it specializes in bags it is about movement, of going somewhere; there is fundamentally an idea of craft in motion. It is style over fashion in its timelessness. That is part of its quiet power’, said Mattieu Blazy about Bottega Veneta, for which he debuted during Milan Fashion Week. His debut collection was pragmatic in a way, without compromising on form. Discover all looks below.
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Bottega Veneta fall 2022
What makes Bottega Veneta, Bottega Veneta? In creative director Matthieu Blazy’s foundation collection there is a return to a fundamental questioning of the brand: a building on the past to realize the present and evoke the future. Blazy has always been a behind-the-scenes guy. He interned at Balenciaga and worked at Raf Simons, Maison Margiela Artisanal, Celine, and Calvin Klein, and ended as the ready-to-wear designer at Bottega Veneta in 2020. Shortly after Daniel Lee’s abrupt exit at Bottega Veneta, Blazy was appointed creative director last November.
Lee left the fashion house in an upward spiral – making it hard for any successor to level up. However, Blazy did an excellent job. For example, the first look – consisting of jeans and a tank top – is entirely crafted from leather, as well as the second look. And there’s more: Blazy’s knitwear provides a peek at the future as well as a glance at his past. Some dresses evoke memories of his time at Celine. And that’s exactly what the fashion industry needs at the moment; a new take on #oldcéline, without lingering in the past.