Now we’ve had time to decompress from Bottega Veneta’s latest show, we took a look at some of the collection’s hottest items in the showroom just after the show- one’s which we can see going crazy when they hit stores in a few months time. From the illustrious accessory offerings in abundance, to the continued exploration of illusion and identity through trompe l’œil leather, Blazy’s sophomore collection for Bottega Veneta propelled the notion of quiet power, luxury, and the importance of celebrating individuality.
(LEATHER) PLAID SHIRT
Opening this season was a new iteration of Bottega Veneta’s leather play – using illusion to make leather pieces appear as something they aren’t. This ‘plaid’ shirt did things most effectively, forming a progression of Blazy’s innovative ideas from last season whilst also harking back to the brand’s roots as a predominantly leather-based house. Styled over the white tank top, it was Bottega Veneta’s ethos rolled into a single look – that there’s more than initially meets the eye.
In the same vein, these trompe l’œil jeans made a big comeback after being debuted in the brand’s AW22 show. This time around, they were on both male and female models, and thanks to Kate Moss, became one of the most talked about pieces from the show once again. Their aesthetic as regular denim jeans leans into the normcore codes that we’ve seen dominate the last decade in wider fashion, but Blazy’s unique fabrication spin on them is something that we haven’t so readily seen before.
There seems to be an increasing trend in fashion of borrowing from the aesthetics of the everyday and elevating them into the realm of luxury – something this new season Bottega Veneta bag does in its entirety. ‘The Shopper’ makes popping to the supermarché that much more chic – and fellow eagle-eyed fashion shoppers may just note that you’re carrying the Bottega Veneta SS23 Shopper, thank you very much.
Speaking of accessories, and Bottega’s accessory offerings for this season were a level up – we saw multiple bags clutched in models’ hands and a whole handful of future it-bags in the making. One of which is The Sardine – released in a new iteration for this season and comprising the brand’s signature weaving. With a metal hardware handle, that resembles (you guessed it) a sardine, this one seems like it would feel as good as it looks, if you want that multisensory Bottega experience.
LUX LEATHER TOTE
We know what you’re thinking – another bag? Really? But let’s be real – Bottega were in their bag this season in the accessories they put out. This one is more practical, for the everyday fashion runner who just has places to be. Fitting into Blazy’s overarching aim for this collection to work for the maximalist dresser just as well as for the minimalist, sometimes simplicity is key – and when simplicity looks like this, we’re all aboard.
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