In the minutes after Bottega Veneta’s Fall 2020 show, flanked by his team on one side and admirers on the other, Daniel Lee looked content. The show, he said – and the collection, you’d infer – stayed true to its original intention. It didn’t veer off course after a few weeks or months. Nah: this was a vibe dreamed-up, and a vibe nailed.
Really, sitting there, you could see Lee’s intention with total clarity after just three looks. And that’s because the show’s first three looks (and its closing look) were menswear.
Throughout the collection, Lee’s unique brand of show-y, desirable discretion was present. The chunky boots that stole hearts and comforted soles were updated in more angular, cowboy-inspired toes. The familiar, subdued and luxurious colour palette was accented by an aggressive lime green that feels as sexy as it does covetable. There was a gilet that feels destined for flexing après ski.
And while Lee’s mens offering may still be lacking the singular “it” accessory like his womens range, this February evening in Milan proved once again why he continues to be one of the most intriguing talents in the menswear universe.