Bottega Veneta FW24: a reminder of true luxury & fashion-forward thinking

Bottega Veneta FW24: a reminder of true luxury & fashion-forward thinking

by Juliette Eleuterio
4 min

Every season, Creative Director Matthieu Blazy is faced with an enormous challenge: how to create a collection that is even remotely on par with his previous one at Bottega Veneta? A task that is even more challenging than the myth of Sisyphus, and yet is achieved without fail, and extraordinarily so.

For Fall/Winter 2024, Bottega Veneta outdid itself, once again, and we can’t say we’re surprised. With so many elements making this show the grandiose phenomenon that it was, let’s start somewhere that is so intrinsic to the Bottega Veneta DNA: the Intrecciato leather.

The signature weaving technique was seen, as suspected, on an array of classic bags – your House classic Sardine, Cabat, Andiamo, and Cobble bags, just to name a few – reiterating the importance of recipe-done-well in the luxury goods department. A standout playful touch was added to the accessories offering when the beloved Sardine bag took a slightly different shape this season: an intrecciato handheld bag that was created in the actual shape of a sardine.

It wasn’t just in the baggage area that the intrecciato shine; it was seen on a pair of closed-toe shoes, just barely peeking from underneath the trouser’s hemline. In alignment with covering up the body’s dextrous extremities, the weaving technique was seen on some vibrant-coloured gloves that subtly yet single handedly whispers luxury in your ears.

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Bottega Veneta, including this season’s offering, doesn’t quite fit the ‘quiet luxury’ label, nor does it flaunt its wealth obnoxiously. It finds that middle ground for those who know to know. Take, for example, the ties; a key visual cue from the brand, its leather ties were pushed beyond their typical look, with one tail flipped over the models shoulder, even when overlaid with jackets and coats. To the untrained eye, it seems as though the wind haphazardly messed up your outfit, but the trained eye will know that this is a Bottega Veneta FW24 leather tie and thanks to its material fabrication, the accessory will stay put in place, the way it was designed to be.

In fact, the collar area proved to be an important one this season, with double-layered shirt collars, collars flipped upwards, some exaggerated in size while others came in asymmetrical proportions. One jumper in particular, which was seen in a salmon pink iteration, featured a double V-neckline, creating an inside hood on its high-collar in a display of intricate design only the best of the best could pull off.

Shape versus silhouette was a game Blazy willfully and craftily played at. ‘What can be emphasised? What can be morphed, toyed with and completely changed?’ Blazy seemed to ask himself. The shoulder became a key focus, where on certain coats the joint placement seamlessly rounded itself off into the arms, creating an oval shape. On other tops, such as a sparkling black knitted jumper or on a knitted beige tunic, the shoulders were bold and sharp, defining some structure into an otherwise structless garment.

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Towards the end of the show, Blazy pushed the envelope even further by adding graphic elements to emphasise this play on form. A white collared jumper with puffy shoulders was adorned with black striped detailing, almost as if it was hand-painted, forming a U shape on the back and front, before falling back down on the arms, creating a visual intricacy that put any viewer in a trance-like state. 

In another example of a visual addiction, (if that isn’t what this entire collection is), a pleated pale yellow long-sleeved top and skirt bounced from the model’s movement, only to reveal a richer yellow laid underneath the panels, a marvellous sartorial trick that only by witnessing it could one truly appreciate it. 

Bottega Veneta continues to move the highest of luxury fashion forward. Under Matthieu Blazy’s direction, the House constantly questions what the modern affluent and fashionable wearer looks like beyond the confines of classicism and tradition, and answers that very question right there on the runway, in front of our eyes. 

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