Set within the walls of the Palazzo del Senato, the floor of the venue was completely covered in cream Intrecciato encased in glass. It's a combination of modern contemporary design (glass too covered the usually open-air squares of the Palazzo) and the centuries-old Baroque architecture, coupled with the blown-up Intrecciato design that Lee first introduced in his debut bag designs for Bottega Veneta.
If there was a reason for the setting, it was probably to further emphasise that this was a new Bottega Veneta. But one that's respectful of its history and time-honoured craftsmanship that the house has honed.
Lee offered an easy (and breezy) assortment of ready-to-wear. Nothing was over-styled or over-layered. In fact, layering was kept to a maximum of only two layers—an outerwear worn over a shirt or a variation of the distorted silk knits that were apparent on a number of menswear looks, for example. The focus was on cut and make of a garment. A full denim look (look 15) was crafted decidedly oversized, and topped off with a sharply slanted patch pocket on the denim shirt-jacket hybrid; a stark contrast against the fluidity of the look.
It's simplicity but with flair. With the menswear pieces, Lee continued the use of the folded triangle-tab closure on tailoring (looks 9, 23 and 25). It's a clever adaptation of the tab fastening that's usually seen on inner pockets of a blazer, and one that's now instantly identifiable as a Bottega Veneta hallmark without having to slap on a logo. The same goes for look 20 where the house's iconic Intrecciato weaving was interpreted loosely on a vermillion jumper.
What's refreshing was that the collection didn't pretend to be more than what it was. There were no unnecessary gimmicks and no forced idea of branding. What you see, is what you get. And what you'd get is basically a collection that you can easily manipulate to fit your style. Because like Lee said, "it's for you."
Scroll through our picks of the 10 best looks (including two womenswear looks you'd want to steal) from Bottega Veneta's latest spring/summer 2020 runway show at the gallery above.