Fashion is in the midst of a somewhat chaotic revolution. Luxury fashion brands are charting their own paths forward as the idea of set fashion weeks increasingly become difficult to execute with the world still grappling with a pandemic. There hasn't been a strict schedule of collection unveilings, and it seems like there's a runway presentation almost every month now.
Such is the case at Bottega Veneta. While its spring/summer 2021 collection—rebranded as Salon 01—was presented to a closed-door audience back in October and held in London, it was only publicly revealed yesterday, only a few months before spring/summer 2021 collections would typically be available in boutiques. And of course, with all the safety guidelines put in place—a sparse runway set, seats sufficiently socially distanced, and everyone (save for the models) required to don face masks.
Yet, at the same time, the setting seemed fitting of creative director Daniel Lee's vision for Bottega Veneta: the bare essentials and a simplicity founded on form and function.
Salon 01 London was in many ways, a throwback to the early days of the fashion show. It was a more intimate experience and certainly without the onslaught of immediate social media coverage. And to emphasise on that brand of intimacy, Salon 01 was rooted on the idea of the domestic and being home.
Look and feel: It was knit after knit after knit. But these were not done in the same vein as the oversized, lumpy jumpers that Lee presented for spring/summer 2020. Instead, the focus was on knitted tailoring—close enough to fit the body but with enough give for comfort and ease of movement.
There's also a sense that these are pieces to covet and invest in, with the opportunity to mix them up with pieces from upcoming collections. Salon 01 seemed like a building block to an entirely new wardrobe. Each look was calculated in the way that no two looks were ever the same—a cardigan in look 19 is never seen again, not even in a different iteration.
Favourite looks: The tank knitted with metallic yarns and paired with decadently wide-legged trousers in look 9, was the collection's flashiest outing, but still something we could easily adopt on the daily. Similarly, look 38's teal coordinates (a blazer worn tucked into wide-legged trousers) had that same effortlessly stylish effect without needing much. As for a knit we'd want to own immediately, that'll be the teal cable-knit cardigan from look 34.
Favourite accessories: You can't really see it from the photos, but the belt bags that are worn at the instead of the front and featuring heavy-duty seatbelt-like buckles (look 34) were something unexpected from Bottega Veneta. They still had that softness and pliable nature of new Bottega Veneta but contrasted with sturdy hardware.