In a shocking twist of events that took the fashion world by storm, Bottega Veneta announced that it would part ways with changemaker Daniel Lee late last year in a “joint decision to end their collaboration.” Not long following the announcement, a successor was named, Matthieu Blazy, who was promoted from within to the role of Creative Director, effective immediately. Blazy’s resume is quite impressive, having worked as a menswear designer for Raf Simons before joining Maison Margiela, Celine, and eventually Calvin Klein. Fans eagerly awaited Blazy’s runway debut, and now, it’s finally here.

Over the weekend Bottega Veneta presented Matthieu Blazy’s inaugural collection to much fanfare. The buzz surrounding Blaizy’s debut was met with well-deserved praise for the collection, which at its core explores what makes Bottega Veneta, Bottega Veneta. It was that fundamental return to the essence of BV’s brand DNA that is ever apparent within the Winter 2022 collection. As is the way of fashion today, it builds upon the past in a modern way while also evoking a look towards the future.

Matthieu Blazy’s vision for Bottega Veneta in 2022

“Bottega Veneta is, in essence, pragmatic because it is a leather goods company. Because it specializes in bags it is about movement, of going somewhere; there is fundamentally an idea of craft in motion. It is style over fashion in its timelessness. That is part of its quiet power.” – Matthieu Blazy

There is power in simplicity, and Blazy’s take on the everyday pieces of a wardrobe play with motion through the use of poignant materials and techniques. Plisse dresses and skirts appear alongside other RTW pieces with fringed details, highlighting the movement in this collection. There are strong outerwear pieces and plenty of leather, and overall the collection is an exciting, promising look at the new #NewBottega.

As for the bags, plenty of BV’s iconic intrecciato appeared throughout on shapes and silhouettes that felt entirely new. Models clutched leather pillow bags as well as woven leather boxes, which were meant to create conversation, and show notes describe how it’s ultimately the wearer’s decision how to move and live in the pieces from this collection. Blazy continued to focus on craft, highlighting the artisanal history of BV throughout, and the bags are no exception. Some pops of purple and red appeared, but overall the tones were more muted than in the past.

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Sassy
Sassy
2 months ago

Oh, wow! These are a huge disappointment!

Brandy
Brandy
2 months ago
Reply to  Sassy

I agree disappointed

spoiledinseattle
2 months ago

I’ve gotta be honest, BV has never done anything for me and these are no exception

Ejaz
Ejaz
2 months ago

Looks 23 and 24 are lovely. Going back to the classic intrecciato weave with that interesting handle. The smooth/puffy bags don’t do anything for me and look so NOT part of the classic BV aesthetic that the one cabat in the lookbook seems almost out of place with the others. I’m guessing the new designer is gradually easing the brand back towards its roots without losing the new fans that loved the recent bags. I haven’t bought a BV bag in at least 3 years now. I was initially thinking of getting the cassette in black but seeing a very good dupe at a popular swedish high st. store made me decide against it. The appeal of BV bags for me have always been the artistry, workmanship and timelessness. Intrecciato bags from 15 years ago are still perfectly stylish today. The recent ones don’t feel as timeless to me.

Aspen
Aspen
2 months ago

Uhm….

Blair
Blair
2 months ago

So boring. So dusty.

Zoe
Zoe
2 months ago

odd proportions. some bags are very bulky/ puffy and the shoulder strap way to thin and narrow placed. love love love both bags of looks 23 and 24.

Thefashionableteacher
Thefashionableteacher
2 months ago

I’m still not a fan. Clearly, I’m not a Bottega consumer.

Fabuleux
Fabuleux
2 months ago

I LOVE every single bag in this collection. WOW This is giving me the best of BV.

lalarey
lalarey
2 months ago

LOVE LOVE LOVE the puffy intrecciato. The others, meh, but hey you can’t win ’em all. The pillow pouches that look like actual pillows are silly and not even in a fun way, won’t even be exciting when I inevitably see them in the wild.

Zoe
Zoe
2 months ago
Reply to  lalarey

totally agree! pillow bags/pouches are more than silly!

Sam
Sam
2 months ago
Reply to  Zoe

But they look so comfortable, especially on a long plane ride. 😉

Heather Tweedy
Heather Tweedy
2 months ago

Many of these look a little crafty to me rather than the elegant bags I would expect. Not a fan of this collection overall.

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