In December 2020, Bottega Veneta unveiled Salon 01 with creative director Daniel Lee helming the futuristic collection. The Italian luxury fashion house plays with clean-cut silhouettes, clever construction and rich textures, creating versatile accessories that can enhance ensembles throughout the year.
Outstanding bags from the women’s collection include the beak cross-body bag, The Point bag, and the cut-out medium doll tote bag. Concurrently, the men’s collection presents a stylish new leather belt bag. Women’s shoes also make a statement, as The Bloc and The Bold wedge sandal styles see a fresh twist for the season.
The beak cross-body bag bag continues the trend of Bottega Veneta reimagining its signature V-logo through the feature of a triangular front flap with oversized padded edges. Inspired by a satchel construct, the butter-soft leather bag cinches in rippling form aided by a chunky drawstring strap. The new style may be carried as a clutch or worn over the shoulder using a rolled strap with an adjustable knot. With no visible metal hardware, the style lends a delicate touch to any look, staying shut through a magnet closure.
The beak cross-body bag is also available in an embroidered variant. The exquisite bag takes a voluminous shape through a detailed crochet technique that incorporates beads that resemble crystals. The selected yarn is purposefully dark in tone, providing an elegant and contrasting backdrop for the gleaming accents to catch the city lights during a fun night out on the town.
The Point bag refers to the house codes with the stylised handle, alluding to the iconic letter. Available in a variety of ready-to-wear materials, the range includes the unusual techniques of Intrecciato Macramé and compact Bubble Bouclé. The Point bag embodies the experimental yet refined craftsmanship on which Bottega Veneta has built its brand. With simple construction, clean silhouettes and a satisfyingly tactile touch, the style may be carried as a top handle bag or neatly converted into a trendy shoulder bag.
A new member of the Salon 01 collection, the medium doll tote is an elegant showcase of sculptural form meets function. Eight leather pieces cleverly combine with a cut-out technique that gives the bag its stand-out three-dimensional volume and winged flair. Invisible magnets and rivets are essential to the shape but discreetly hidden as refined hidden edges make for a super sleek finish. The style is available in a tasteful Cocco Print and bright patent leather.
The men’s latest leather belt bag redefines the genre. A tubular leather cord affords the wearer the convenience of adjusting the bag’s generous capacity to suit the volume of items within. The closure of the adjustable belt with a webbing strap takes inspiration from classic aeroplane seat belts.
Closing the showcase, Salon 01 updates the iconic styles of The Bloc and The Bold wedge sandals styles. Visually arresting, the exaggerated proportions and volumes of the sturdy footwear help build a new sense of modernity. Despite the solid appearance, the mules are relaxed and lightweight, well suited to a leisurely routine. They are also available in a wide selection of textures and hues, from Lagoon nappa leather to Compact Bubble knit. The wedge sandals offer comfort, stability, and an exceptional outlet for self- expression.
Through Salon 01, Daniel Lee paints us a picture of a post-pandemic world. Bold shades remind us of the joy of life without forgetting there is beauty in minimalism and versatility. Furthermore, the maison’s pursuit of traditional textile techniques and commitment to experimenting will continue to ensure Bottega Veneta remains on the cutting edge of fashion.
(All images: Bottega Veneta)
This story was first published Prestige Malaysia’s April 2021 issue. To read the latest issue, pick up a copy from the nearest newsstand or subscribe on Magzter.