Has Bottega got its Saddle

Suit – Pretty Little Thing | Bag – Bottega Veneta | Earrings – Manish Arora for Amrapali | Shoes – Christian Louboutin

If there is one brand which is currently making waves in the street style scene its the “NEW” Bottega Veneta. British designer Daniel Lee recently took over the reins of Bottega Veneta from Tomas Maier. Now more than 12 months later, under Daniel Lee’s direction, Bottega’s rise has been noteworthy and what feels like a new era of Bottega Veneta. Daniel Lee on joining the fashion house in June 2018 had said, “Maintaining the ingrained codes of the House, craftsmanship, quality and sophistication, I look forward to evolving what has gone before, while contributing a new perspective and modernity.

This reminds me of the case study I did on Bottega Veneta as a part of my curriculum, studying the heritage of the luxury fashion house originally founded in 1966, the intreciatto technique which is the heart of the unique brand image. The new collection from Bottega sees a juxtaposition of traditional technique and contemporary designs and fashion insiders are obsessed with everything Bottega is launching.

The ‘POUCH’ bag and square toe shoes which you can check on my Instagram page here have already got cult-status and also a massive wait list so much that as reported by Hapers Bazaar AU in an article posted in Aug 2019 Sadly, cult-status also means an invariable scant supply of product. The BAZAAR office have been collectively scrambling for all three shoes since July (this writer managed to wrangle a pair of the sandals in bold red, while other editors have been on wait-lists for the mules and pumps for weeks), with almost all versions sold-out globally.

The recent launches include quilted mule heels, see-through netted pumps featuring a gold chain strap, minimal square toe sandals, sandals with intrecciato pattern. In bags the POUCH is a cult favourite which you can see me styling in this post.

Now about the title, its just a comparison about how the instant popularity of these particularly two launches from Bottega reminded me of Dior’s launch of Saddle bag with a global Instagram blitzkrieg which in turn got the bag humongous coverage and popularity and it still remains to be a coveted bag from the fashion house. The striking similitude between both is that both in some way have revived the respective luxury house’s heritage by adding a contrast of modernity.

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