Our Take On Daniel Lee’s First Bottega Veneta Collection
Last month, tucked inside a museum in a pocket of Milan, British designer Daniel Lee presented the first pieces of his new vision for Italian luxury house Bottega Veneta.
Much like the brand he now helms, Lee embodies a discreet kind of luxury: this is not a designer who has chased social media fame – in fact, he’s not a designer many are intimately familiar with, despite his stops at Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Celine.
Household name or not, with his Pre-Fall 2019 collection, Lee has accomplished something that requires a delicate touch: fusing a brand DNA noted for its subtlety with a freshness and modernity. Throughout his first offering, you can still feel the fundamentals of Bottega – the careful craftsmanship, the championing of natural fabrics, that distinctive intrecciato technique – yet the Bottega has been injected with unmistakable newness.
In a menswear environment that has been skewed away from wearability and into maximalism, Lee’s work is a welcome exhale. His collection was a masterclass in essentialism: an intimate and elevated take on what the modern man’s wardrobe can be.
Here, the silhouettes were at once relaxed but formal, familiar but pushy. Lee’s palette of espresso, amber and oxblood feel ready to mix-and-match to perfection. And, woven into the collection alongside all of that iconic intrecciato, Lee has introduced some of his own design signatures, like a triangular motif that graces several breast pockets.
Yes, sure, the entire collection is rather covetable, but our eyes were drawn to a few hero pieces. Chunky-yet-elegant sneakers led the way in the footwear offerings, and, in keeping with tradition, there were more than a few leather jackets that deserve a prominent (and permanent) place in your style rotation.