Detroit might not be a city that comes to mind first as a fashion actor – it’s best known for its rich musical history (techno was born there) and, of course, for cars. But, overnight, celebrity editors, stylists and trend setters flocked to Motor City to watch the Bottega Veneta Spring / Summer 2022 show. The small format presentation, Salon 03, is the Italian fashion house’s third ready-to-wear collection presented in its new extra-curricular format, inspired by small couture presentations from the beginning of the 20th century.
For the October 21 event, Creative Director Daniel Lee took to the Michigan Building Theater, where celebrities like Lil ‘Kim, Mary J. Blige, Zazie Beetz and Debi Mazar were seated in the front row, perched on metal bleachers. under the ruined cathedral ceiling. Once the lights went out and the models circled the square runway, it became clear that Lee (who grew up in Leeds, an industrial city in northern England much like Detroit) had a lot inspiration drawn from the history of practical American fashion.
In addition to sportswear-inspired pieces and denim outfits reminiscent of factory uniforms, Lee opted for relaxed silhouettes, even in formal wear. Clothing can be luxurious (with a price tag), but it’s definitely not stuffy. In fact, the shorter hems and the prevalence of sneakers made this collection Lee’s most youth-oriented collection to date. The designer is also interested in technical fabrics, such as that woven with a metal thread which allows the proportions of a garment to be modified by inflating or crumpling it, to give it an impression of elegance and luxury. “Bottega Veneta is really a house of technique,” he said. Vogue.
Across the collection, one thing that immediately stood out was Lee’s penchant for green – and not just the brand’s signature Kelly hue – there was everything from neon to sage to green. British racing, redesigned in black, or sometimes with a touch of tangerine orange. Color has long been a big part of Lee’s world, and in the spring, you can expect fashion insiders to return to color.
And don’t miss the brand’s accessories – which helped propel Lee’s approach to the brand back into fashion. For spring, Bottega Veneta’s more classic silhouettes received the Detroit treatment, with the addition of industrial and mechanical inspired details. The collection was also filled with sneakers, and as the press release explains, “sneaker technology translates to high heels,” which means you can count on the comfort of your feet. The brand has also swapped the now iconic square toe for pointy heels. Jewelry, including spiked enamel hoops, chunky shimmering necklaces, and thick metal rings reflect a mix of the organic and the mechanical – cacti and shellfish inspired – but, overall, they match. still with the simple and smooth aesthetic of the collection as a whole.
Below see more of the collection. You might want to take some notes as there is a good chance that Spring It items will be from this collection.