Following Matthieu Blazy’s buzzworthy inaugural collection, Bottega Veneta presented its Spring 2023 collection during Milan Fashion Week, and much like Blazy’s debut, it wowed. Everything from the collection itself to the set design of the venue was well thought out and intricately planned. Enlisting the help of Gaetano Pesce, an Italian-born architect, and design pioneer, a swirling, colorful resin floor set the scene for the new collection.
“The world in a small room: the premise is simple – the collection is about a contrast of characters on the go, invited to travel through Gaetano Pesce’s landscape. Here,two distinct worlds are juxtaposed, while our journey of craft in motion and quiet power continues.” Matthieu Blazy
A Vision Cemented
Picking up where he left off last season, Matthieu Blazy continues to define his vision for Bottega Veneta, building upon the foundation set forth with his Fall 2022 collection. Ready-to-wear continues to explore movement and motion, and elegance meets utility. Traditional Italian craft continues to remain a focus both within the clothing and the accessories as well, reimagined through Blazy’s modern lens.
Knitted jacquards appear alongside cotton-silk tailoring, and pieces layered with embroidery and beading stand out from the mix. Stunning leather pieces and wearable separates showcase Blazy’s talent for adding a spectacular feel to everyday pieces meant to move.
The Bags of Spring/Summer 2023
As for the bags, they feel inherently Bottega, but again, they expanded upon the aesthetic set forth by Blazy last season. The Sardine Bag appears once again for the season, offered in a pretty pale yellow and making its debut in a mini size with an accompanying shoulder/crossbody strap. Interesting new shapes in Intreccaito and more appeared on the runway as well, and this season at Bottega, if you love big bags, you’re in luck. One of the most wearable new bags of the bunch is a structured, saddle-like flap bag, which has rounded corners and is shown in various sizes, colors, and textures. The collection overall is a good mix of the commercial and the ornate, which Blazy has proven to be quite good at.
View bags from the runway below, images via Bottega Veneta.