As a testimony to the enduring appeal of style icon Kate Moss and a peek into the designer Matthieu Blazy’s teenage scrapbook, the unveiling of the Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall 2023 collection was far from business as usual. It served as a charming reminder that at the heart of the brand, there lies an authentic sentiment, often overshadowed in the luxury sphere’s pristine sheen.
Matthieu Blazy, in his tribute to Kate Moss, established an emotional connection with the brand followers. His reminiscence of Moss as his “first Google Research” reveals not only an insider cool factor that Moss has personified over the years but also the enduring allure that made Blazy cast her for his summer show last September.
In his Zoom preview, Blazy unveiled a series of pre-fall looks, echoing his youthful inspiration and the team’s pleasure in crafting the clothes. “At the end of the day, we had a lot of pleasure just making clothes that we want to wear ourselves,” Blazy revealed, highlighting the collaborative spirit behind the collection.
Material, as always, took center stage in Blazy’s designs. His penchant for juxtaposing textures was evident in the leather vest and denim pant that effortlessly took the guise of their traditional cotton counterparts. However, the true brand icons were the silk-made leather button-downs, redesigned for year-round comfort and style.
Blazy’s vision for the collection aimed to counteract the market’s heavy fabric prevalence. The objective was to instill a sense of lightness, to create clothes that facilitated movement rather than constraining it.
This pursuit of lightness did not signify a compromise on luxury. A bronze sequin coat and a lilac crushed velvet dress with a trendy zippered neckline testified to the indulgences that the brand is celebrated for. Particularly striking was the leather jeans woven in the signature house intreccio style, now available in silver chrome, a testament to the brand’s luxurious heritage.
The collection’s personal touch resounded in the cozy hand knits, one of which featured an adorable cameo of Blazy’s dog, John John. This signature piece symbolized the heart and authenticity that Blazy brings to Bottega Veneta, evoking a brand that is more than just high fashion – it’s a personal, sentimental journey.
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