Bottega Veneta creative director Laura Moltedo officially appointed British newcomer Giles Deacon designer of the well-known leather label this season. With this move, and after having been recently purchased by the Gucci conglomerate, Bottega Veneta is undergoing a major face-lift that could lead to a completely new identity.
Deacon made no bones about the house's shift in
direction. Weathered, zippered and extra-wide jeans
opened the show, followed by tiny miniskirts slashed
with zippers and funky jackets with flashy metallic
fastenings. A leather puffy jacket was
drop-dead cool; the same can be said of a
woven-leather overcoat and a couple of black corduroy
suits with leather shoulder insets. A series of green-and-yellow logo looks was not as successful; but on
the whole, Deacon established a strong, dramatic image
that is sure to put the spotlight on Bottega Veneta.
Fall 2001 Ready-to-Wear
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