Bottega Veneta’s fall 2023 ready-to-wear collection took centre stage at Milan fashion week, marking Creative Director Matthieu Blazy’s third season with the brand.

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The collection delved into the concept of an Italian parade, drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of Italian culture. Showcasing the brand’s “Italia” trilogy, this was the third instalment, while paying homage to Italy’s past, present, and future. The runway was adorned with sculptures by Boccioni. Seamlessly integrating not only statues and but loaned Roman bronzes from museums into the parade.

Featuring a total of 81 looks, the collection purposefully veered away from following any prevailing trends.

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Blazy commenced the coed display with model Paola Manes, who gracefully donned a white slipdress matched with cable knit boots resembling comfy socks. Following suit was a male model in a longline nightshirt adorned with pinstripes and a briefcase.

The assortment showcased a variety of designs, such as layered dresses embellished with floral embroideries, deconstructed screen star dresses reminiscent of the 1950s, and timeless black dresses, suits, and wool coats.

Materials and Accessories

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The colour palette predominantly leans towards dark and neutral tones. It is captivating with pops of colour such as bold red, mint green, and buttery yellow. However, straying from the traditional heavier fabrics expected for autumn and winter, the collection embraced lightweight and free-flowing textiles for it’s dresses and sets. Each look used distinct materials, accentuating exotic textures. Such as some noteworthy materials like ostrich skin, feathers used in a fringe-like manner, and a captivating burnt red alligator.

Moreover, the accessories made a striking impression with their diversity and allure. From intricately woven leather thigh-high boots to bulbous jelly pumps. From egg-shaped evening bags to woven leather pails, they commanded attention. In particular, bags played a pivotal role, with some models even showcasing two.

Additionally, the collection’s oversized accessories and intentionally relaxed silhouettes epitomised an effortless and “woke up like this” style. Seamlessly merging casual off-duty fashion with extravagant design elements, the collection exuded a distinctive charm.

Blazy revealed that this fall collection marked the conclusion of the “Italia” trilogy, therefore paving the way for an exciting new narrative.

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