Bottega Veneta FW24: Dressing for the Elements

Creative director Matthieu Blazy presented clothing that was at once sculptural, conceptual and completely wearable.

Entering the venue for the Bottega Veneta FW24 show was like stepping inside a Seasonal Affective Disorder therapy lamp. The backdrop was a vast yellow sunset, warming those coming in from the cold Milan evening. The sound of a burning fire crackled in the background. Glass cactuses by Wave Murano Glass sprouted around the space, and the chestnut seats were reinterpretations of Cassina’s LC14 Tabouret Cabanon stools. Then the sun set, and the show began.

Creative director Matthieu Blazy presented a collection fit for braving the elements. The silhouettes were sculptural and cocooning, yet the clothing was completely wearable. Coats to envelop you, wool pieces to wear close, long skirts for protection and pulls with playfully exaggerated collars. Everything that customers love about Bottega Veneta was on full display, from the craftsmanship of the fringed dresses to the covetable shoes and accessories.

It’s clear Blazy keenly observes the clothing of those in his surrounds, and the finale, set to the ruminating strings of Kronos Quartet’s “Mishima (Closing),” felt like his vision of a city and its citizens, making their way, dressed to face whatever may come.

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