Daniel Lee showed his second collection for Bottega Veneta as part of Milan Fashion Week, and it proved every bit as magnetic as his first…
In the show notes Lee described “a focus on process and clarity’. Having already delivered a collection packed with Instagram hits for this season, the pressure was on for the youthful British designer to live up to expectations. Naturally, he delivered.
The spring summer 2020 collection included light, butter-soft leather outerwear (we have our eyes on the trench coats), tangerine and gold sequin dresses primed to party, a multitude of little black dresses, a denim boiler suit (also noted) and several variations of the must-have mule that is well in the running to become the most hash-tagged accessory of this year – it literally flew off the shelves. Here are the pieces we predict the fashion pack will be pre ordering from SS20, now.
Unbelievably simple in appearance, but no doubt complex in terms of fibre and fit, the little black dresses that streamed the runway were enough to make our hearts soar. These of the type of dresses that you wear, own and love – forever – not the type of dress that will ever wear you.
While the key for the clothing lay in a restrained elegance, the accessories took on an entirely different persona. Chunky chains added a more street look to the simplicity of everything else. They were worn large but placed around the neck like a low-slung collar.
THE DENIM BOILDER SUIT
Utility wear was given an uptown makeover. This denim boiler suit cut a distinctively desirable silhouette on the catwalk. It appealed in all its form and function. Casual fashion is catching on, ultimately we all want a practical look that we can throw on, and that transforms us to effortlessly stylish, instantly. This is that look.
The fashion world can rejoice at the return of Bottega’s newly-titled ’It’ shoe. Spotted in a sky blue, orange, racing green, burgundy and black, and with one strap or two, it will be welcome news to those still working their way up the gruelling three month waiting list for this season’s versions. Who knows, it may even be quicker to place your orders for SS20 instead.
Bottega has a half-century heritage as one of Italy’s leading leather specialists and that legacy shows no sign of waning. The woven leather clutch bags topped with metal and wooden-looking hardware were the epitome of subtle luxury. As far as bags go next season, ditch the logos and invest in Danial Lee’s stealth wealth.
- By Elaine Lloyd-Jones
- Photos, Gorunway