Bottega Veneta’s visual language is primarily concerned with what is left unsaid. The brand’s backbone is minimalism, which is reinforced by its Spring 2023 show, which was designed by Matthieu Blazy.
The emphasis on construction, whether artisanal or industrial, is a recurring theme throughout the collection. Given that “Bottega Veneta” means “Venetian shop” in Italian, the emphasis on Italian craftsmanship in this season’s collection is certainly appropriate. Many of the looks incorporate tweed, beading, and creative takes on the fringe, as well as patterns that resemble the texture of a punch needle rug, evoking a one-of-a-kind hand-made quality. Even the house’s signature leather Intrecciato bag uses a traditional basket-weaving technique. A more industrial interpretation of construction can be seen in the expert fitting of boxy power suits, wrinkle-free button-down shirts, and sculptural trench coats.
But the collection also has a certain relaxed casualness to it, as shown by the abundance of baggy jeans, flannel shirts, and sweaters that can be draped effortlessly around the shoulders. Underscoring the sensation of casualness, the well-loved bag in Intrecciato leather also adopts new shapes as a foldable clutch, a slouchy giant bag, and an over-the-shoulder sling. This “less is more” philosophy is reflected in the collection’s complete lack of any Bottega logos. Overall, amid a tumultuous Milan Fashion Week, proposals for simplicity and honesty are welcomed.
An understated appearance by Kate Moss on the Bottega runway this season also added to the relaxed atmosphere. Rather than making a big deal out of the stunt casting of the ’90s supermodel (as so many other runway shows have been known to do), Bottega decided to neither open nor close the show with the runway legend. Rather, Moss, sporting the ultimate in the casual attire of loose pants and an unbuttoned flannel, took sixth place in the model lineup.
The vibrant set and runway, which were made by renowned Italian architect and design pioneer Gaetano Pesce, whose four-decade-long career encompasses work in architecture, urban planning, interior, exhibition, and industrial design, may have been the most maximalist component of the show. The bright chairs and floors provided a vibrant contrast to the collection’s often somber items and had a finish like that of glazed pottery.
Since 1966, Bottega Veneta has served as an example of originality and cutting-edge workmanship. Everything they do is driven by creativity.
The house, which was established in Vicenza, has its roots in Italian culture but keeps a broader perspective. Its trademark Intrecciato leather products serve as a representation of how it has defined luxury. Bottega Veneta is an exclusive brand with an inclusive design that evokes both emotions and aesthetics.
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